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A London Blog (www.1londonblog.uk) does not collect any sort of information about online users not even Google analytics or anything of that sort. There are indeed cookies set in order to enable WordPress to work correctly. These are session or transient cookies and do not collate information of any sort from website visitors. These are therefore not affected by GDPR.
Absolutely no plug-ins on this site collects any data of any sort or sets any kind of cookies.
There are occasional embedded third party links (such as Getty’s and Twitter) however these sites have all updated their GDPR polices. Others like You Tube have ceased issuing cookies. As of May 24th 2018 none of these sites use third party cookies any longer to track visitors and any third party advertising is now discouraged.
For the purposes of comments email addresses have to be recorded. By providing an email address on www.1londonblog.uk one has consented. This is important especially if one wants to be kept informed of any replies. IP addresses are recorded and are especially important when it comes to spammers. This enables the GDPR compliant anti-spam engines to block such users and no information of any kind is collected.
Example of the comment form used on this site:
It is naturally assumed one wants to be kept informed of replies. However they do not have to and can untick the box.
Concerns re cookies (for any site) and restricting/turning them off.
If you have any concerns at all you can disable cookies – or send a do not track request to any website – which means they wont send a tracking cookie to your browser. I have this enabled on most of my browsers. Here’s simple instructions for doing this:
For Google Chrome go to the Settings page (click on ‘Customize and Control Chrome’ in the top right hand corner of the browser) and click “Advanced Settings”. Scroll down to the Privacy and Security section and turn the option on “Allow sites to save and read cookie data” OFF.
You can also enable in Chrome “Keep local data only until you quit your browser” and “Block third-party cookies.” Either or both these should be switched ON.
Remember if you do this sites such as EBay, Pay Pal, and many others where one browses goods, or retrieves information (such as PDFs, documents), or even purchases stuff will probably not work. Further, cookies are often quite necessary to enable you to make online purchases in safety.
For Mozilla Firefox (Quantum, Light, Nightly etc) again its go to the right hand top corner (‘Open Menu’) and in Preferences select the Privacy & Security then in the section written “Send websites a ‘Do Not Track’ signal that you don’t want to be tracked,” click either of the options (“Only when using Tracking Protection” or “Always”) depending on your preferences.
Similarly with other common browsers.
Microsoft Edge: Go to the right hand corner (‘More’) and click Settings at the bottom > Go to Advanced Settings (View Advanced Settings) > Privacy & Services and turn “Send Do Not Track requests” on.
Internet Explorer: Click the Tools button and then Internet Options > Advanced. Select “Always send Do Not Track Header”.
Safari: Head into Preferences > Privacy and check the box marked “Ask website not to track me.”
Opera: Click Preferences > Advanced > Privacy & Security and select “Block sites from setting any data.”