Akismet should suggest user to check current legal situation regarding data protection
|Reported by:||jottlieb||Owned by:||matt|
|Severity:||minor||Keywords:||akismet, i18n, data privacy, data protection|
|Cc:||jottlieb@…, toscho, lol@…|
The summary may be a bit confusing, so let's go to the facts first:
As we can imagine every country has different laws regarding data protection / data privacy. Especially european countries (and germany above all) have strict data protection laws. Thus the use of Akismet seens to be illegal in Germany (and my other countries) because personal data (IP, name, email and so on) are stored on foreign servers (without notifying the comment author first).
As we should prevent the users from trobule it's necessary to inform them - especially when WordPress is used with language files.
My suggestion is that Akismet checks if WordPress is used in localization and if yes, a notice is shown once. The notice should say something like "please check if the use of Akismet is allowed in your country" and should refer to a special page (in the Codex or on an specific WordPress country sites) where the current legal situation is mentioned.
(Akismet can be used legally in Germany too, if you tell the user first, that some data are stored on foreign servers.)