A bit later than anticipated, I’m starting a monthly column about the previous 30 days in the Digital world. The changes in this area are daily and many. So, I’ll be taking note of the ones I find more relevant and relay them to you every month. I hope you enjoy these writings.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
If you are a connected person, you no doubt have been inundated by emails regarding the GDPR, asking you to resubscribe to several mailing lists and newsletters. The option here, from what I gathered, was “better safe than sorry”. Many entities didn’t even check if the new rules applied to them or whether they were already abiding by them. They simply forced everyone to, once again, manifest interest in hearing from them. Many emails could be spared. With these new rules, the management of personal data is now more protected, and that is a good thing.
WordPress turned 15
WordPress powers over 25% of all websites. That, in itself, is an impressive number. I’ve been using it on my projects since the beginning. Yes, 2003. I have since built many sites, and my platform of choice has always been WordPress. It is a flexible, open source, easy to maintain structure, and it is still going strong. So, congrats to Matt, and to all the WP team, all over the World.
Mark Zuckerberg at the European Union (EU)
Privacy, meddling with personal data, elections manipulation, Cambridge Analytica. All these were probably topics of the testimony Mark Zuckerberg gave to the European Parliament in May. A company as big as Facebook, that handles a lot of users’ personal data, must be very careful with the treatment it gives to that data. Respect and care must always be top of mind. The risk is, as amply seen, our personal information being used for less respectful means, by less than credible entities.
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