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Opened 7 years ago

Last modified 7 years ago

#1288 new enhancement

Akismet should suggest user to check current legal situation regarding data protection

Reported by: jottlieb Owned by: matt
Priority: low Severity: minor
Plugin: akismet 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.)

Change History (3)

comment:1 @toscho7 years ago

  • Cc toscho added

comment:2 @sc0ttkclark7 years ago

  • Cc lol@… added

comment:3 @hakre7 years ago

Authorities in Germany have just started to focus more on this. There is a more prominent case that a webmaster needs to do stuff because of using Google Adwords. This might not only ba an Akismet Issue alone. Would be a needless hassle for every german wordpress user to solve this on her or his own. IANAL but I think it's worth to think twice about this, not to fear anyone.

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