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  • On May 25 a new European regulation will go into effect called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and FANDOM will be in compliance with this regulation. Due to changes required we will be updating both our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use this week.

    For more information on the GDPR, please see: https://www.eugdpr.org/gdpr-faqs.html

    Here are answers to some common questions.

    What is GDPR?

    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a European Union regulation pertaining to data protection and privacy for all individuals who live in the European Union. This regulation goes into effect on May 25, 2018.

    What is the Right to be Forgotten?

    The Right to be Forgotten is part of the GDPR that applies across the European Union and requires website owners to act on the requests of their European users to have their personally identifiable information removed from the website. FANDOM is in compliance with this regulation.

    On May 25th, if you reside in the European Union, you can exercise the Right to be Forgotten when logged into your FANDOM account. The process is permanent and cannot be reversed. Users who have requested to be forgotten are welcome to create a new FANDOM account.

    How will this affect me?

    If you reside in the European Union, you will see a message informing you about how cookies are used on FANDOM and be asked to explicitly opt in or out of accepting those cookies. Note that if you reject cookies you may see ads that are less relevant to you and certain features of the site may not work as intended.

    Even if you’ve declined cookies, if you make contributions on FANDOM we set a cookie for that information as this is considered fundamental to the operations of our site. However, we will not send your data to our internal analytics tools or to our advertising partners.

    If you are a user of the Monobook skin, please see this forum post for more information.

    What happens to the public-facing parts of an account when a user requests to be forgotten?

    Usernames and IP addresses will be anonymized and profile information will be deleted.

    What happens to contributions from users who request to be forgotten?

    Individual contributions are not personally identifiable information and are unaffected. There will be no change to wiki or Discussions contributions, aside from the removal of all profile content.

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    • Yeah, the GDPR site is basically being DDoS'd by its own "popularity" due to the imminent enforcement.

      That said, I wonder how FANDOM really complies with these new rules. Does this mean they will actually start deleting wikis that are effectively abandoned (basically mostly spam vandalism targets) and have lots of data about or from EU citizens?

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    • Fandyllic wrote:
      Yeah, the GDPR site is basically being DDoS'd by its own "popularity" due to the imminent enforcement.

      That said, I wonder how FANDOM really complies with these new rules. Does this mean they will actually start deleting wikis that are effectively abandoned (basically mostly spam vandalism targets) and have lots of data about or from EU citizens?

      We regularly delete dead/abandoned wikis. Just last week we deleted a significant number of wikis that had had no pageviews or edits in a while. 

      We comply with the GDPR by doing the following: Anonymising user data of EU residents on their request, providing a method by which EU users can decline cookies, and by providing a way for interested users to download their data. All of these options are scheduled to go live today. 

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    • Jenburton wrote: ... We comply with the GDPR by doing the following: Anonymising user data of EU residents on their request, providing a method by which EU users can decline cookies, and by providing a way for interested users to download their data. All of these options are scheduled to go live today. 

      Why only EU users, just out of interest? I understand that the regulation only requires you provide such options/services to EU residents, but it seems like it would involve more work to specifically exclude non-EU residents from using these new options, than to allow any user to use them.

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    • OneTwoThreeFall wrote:

      Jenburton wrote: ... We comply with the GDPR by doing the following: Anonymising user data of EU residents on their request, providing a method by which EU users can decline cookies, and by providing a way for interested users to download their data. All of these options are scheduled to go live today. 

      Why only EU users, just out of interest? I understand that the regulation only requires you provide such options/services to EU residents, but it seems like it would involve more work to specifically exclude non-EU residents from using these new options, than to allow any user to use them.

      To be honest, we would prefer not to have much of the site filled with anonymized usernames and such which is what I expect would happen if we made this a global offering. This isn't an optimal change for us so we decided not to make these changes global. The ability to download data, however, is available to any logged in user regardless of residence. 

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    • Thanks for the response, though I was asking more in the context of the cookie/tracking opt-out, something which I'm sure many non-EU individuals would be interested in.

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    • OneTwoThreeFall wrote:
      Thanks for the response, though I was asking more in the context of the cookie/tracking opt-out, something which I'm sure many non-EU individuals would be interested in.

      I see. We use our tracking cookies to help monitor the strength of the business through data analysis so giving broad access to decline cookies would have a negative impact on our ability to collect metrics about usage of the site. 

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    • Jenburton wrote:
      OneTwoThreeFall wrote:

      Jenburton wrote: ... We comply with the GDPR by doing the following: Anonymising user data of EU residents on their request, providing a method by which EU users can decline cookies, and by providing a way for interested users to download their data. All of these options are scheduled to go live today. 

      Why only EU users, just out of interest? I understand that the regulation only requires you provide such options/services to EU residents, but it seems like it would involve more work to specifically exclude non-EU residents from using these new options, than to allow any user to use them.
      To be honest, we would prefer not to have much of the site filled with anonymized usernames and such which is what I expect would happen if we made this a global offering. This isn't an optimal change for us so we decided not to make these changes global. The ability to download data, however, is available to any logged in user regardless of residence. 

      "we would prefer not to have much of the site filled with anonymized usernames and such which is what I expect would happen if we made this a global offering". You want people to log on aka FB way with real info?? 

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    • "we would prefer not to have much of the site filled with anonymized usernames and such which is what I expect would happen if we made this a global offering". You want people to log on aka FB way with real info?? 

      We have no intention of changing our username-based registration/account management system. I was referring to the action of anonymizing usernames as part of the Right to Be Forgotten provision of the GDPR. 

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    • Just wanted to let everyone know the contact form to forget your account is up (don't know if it's functioning). In addition you can use this link to download a copy of your data.

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    • Zmario wrote:

      Just wanted to let everyone know the contact form to forget your account is up (don't know if it's functioning). In addition you can use this link to download a copy of your data.

      FYI, Special:DownloadYourData only gives a link to your contributions on the wiki where you ran it. It has very little useful data otherwise.

      Here's an example of the data (Gender (profile) seems to be a bug; basically the "I am" part of profile):

      User name Fandyllic
      User identifier <######>
      Email address <email>
      Real name <name from profile>
      User registration HH:MM, Date
      Gender <gender from profile>
      Gender (profile) <"I am" from profile>
      Location <location from profile>
      Occupation <occupation from profile>
      User activity link https://community.wikia.com/wiki/Special:UserActivity
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    • These features should be available for everyone. The EU made it law for a reason: because it's the ethical thing to do.

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    • Can you ban User:Sanjanakv? Looking at their edits it's obviously a spam-only account.

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    • Raymond1922 wrote: Can you ban User:Sanjanakv? Looking at their edits it's obviously a spam-only account.

      I reported.

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    • Fandyllic wrote:

      Zmario wrote:

      Just wanted to let everyone know the contact form to forget your account is up (don't know if it's functioning). In addition you can use this link to download a copy of your data.

      FYI, Special:DownloadYourData only gives a link to your contributions on the wiki where you ran it. It has very little useful data otherwise.

      Here's an example of the data (Gender (profile) seems to be a bug; basically the "I am" part of profile):

      User name Fandyllic
      User identifier <######>
      Email address <email>
      Real name <name from profile>
      User registration HH:MM, Date
      Gender <gender from profile>
      Gender (profile) <"I am" from profile>
      Location <location from profile>
      Occupation <occupation from profile>
      User activity link https://community.wikia.com/wiki/Special:UserActivity

      I doubt that this is the only personal data FANDOM stores…

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    • Questions Have there been any requests for vanishing (especially given the number of Wikia-pen-names under the new legislation? As across Wikia there are 'a fair number of pages' relating to living persons (including those alive at the time the article was written) - have there been any requests for information to be removed with loss of visibility (rather than ordinary deletion)?

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    • You'd have to ask staff, but I doubt they'll give you numbers. There have been first day lawsuits already, but against the bigger companies. Facebook, Google, etc.

      Also, the process to obtain this information and to vanish have some additional steps, because Wikia, Inc. has to ascertain the requests aren't done fraudulently. And that flow only counts for account info, not info on wikis itself. If it's defamation, it would fall under a ToU violation. Not sure on general info. You could ask staff what, hypothetically, would be the the course of action there.

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    • If you ask me, feel free to see my flower petals wither into nothing~

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    • Sigh... I got blocked in a wiki so this is helpful. thanks

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    • A FANDOM user
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