Do you blog for pleasure or as a business? Either way, global data privacy rules changed in 2018, and if you haven't checked in on your Blogger/BlogSpot privacy requirements for a while, then this article is a must-read.
- 3.1. When it's Required: CalOPPA and the GDPR
- 3.2. When It's Required: When You Use Third Party Services
- 6. Bottom Line
The logic behind the lack of requirements is its status as a social media tool. A personal blog would not require you to collect data to process. From that perspective, using a personal Blogger page is the same as running a personal Tumblr blog, Facebook page, or Instagram page.
- Categories and types of personal data collected
- Methods of collection used
- Reasons for the collection
- Methods of storage and security of the data
- Whether third parties have access to the data
These agreements are required by law in some instances, as well as by third-party services, which we'll discuss next.
When it's Required: CalOPPA and the GDPR
If you collect any personal information through your Blogger/BlogSpot, then two laws apply - CalOPPA and the GDPR. Personal information can be as basic as collecting email addresses for a newsletter, first names if you allow user comments and IP addresses commonly collected by analytics services.
What counts as personal information? It includes but isn't limited to:
- Email addresses
- Phone numbers
- Eye color
- IP addresses
- Usernames and online handles
Essentially, it's any information that you can use to identify a specific person in the real world.
Let's look at a few examples.
Local Milk also discloses information about "Links to Third Party Websites" in a clause:
In other words, even if you don't collect data, someone else with a link on your site might. By disclaiming their site, you protect yourself from claims if that site misuses a visitor's data after they find the site through your Blogger.
When It's Required: When You Use Third Party Services
This is very helpful information to provide to readers and keeps Madeleine compliant with Google's requirements.
- Answer the questions related to your entity type and location.
- Answer the questions relating to what type of information you collect from your users.
Start by logging into your Blogger account and then follow these simple steps:
- Select "Pages" from the left-side menu:
- Select "Layout" from the left-side menu:
- A pop-up window will appear. Choose the "Add" icon next to Pages: