is Notepad++ compliant with GDPR



  • @PeterJones They’re not factual errors, unless you’re being maliciously pedantic.

    That I need an account to access the forums isn’t the issue, this is expected, it’s ‘necessary’ for it to be the case. The software however explicitly asks to process and store your details for use in a mailing list - it doesn’t matter if there is no such list, nor does it matter that the e-mail feature is disabled. The existence of that checkbox, which is mandatory to access these forums, is not GDPR compliant.

    That this isn’t an ‘official support forum’ is also totally irrelevant; it’s the ‘official’ community attached directly to the main project’s website, and is where you’re directed if you’re looking for support through the main website.

    As far as I can tell, that summary post is completely unrelated to the complaint brought up here.



  • @Luke-Parkes-Haskell said in is Notepad++ compliant with GDPR:

    The software however explicitly asks to process and store your details for use in a mailing list

    Curious, where does it say that? When I log in with my github account, I can’t see such an indication.



  • @Ekopalypse said in is Notepad++ compliant with GDPR:

    Curious, where does it say that? When I log in with my github account, I can’t see such an indication.

    Probably when you are about to create an account for the first time?

    Others:

    So (probably) Notepad++ makes no claim anywhere to be GDPR compliant.

    And (probably) GDPR is a suggestion, not a law.
    If it is a law (in your part of the world), perhaps said part of the world should block access to the site?

    Otherwise, just like you have a choice to use the free Notepad++ software, you have a choice to not use this Community site.
    Choose wisely. :-)



  • @Alan-Kilborn said in is Notepad++ compliant with GDPR:

    Probably when you are about to create an account for the first time?

    But you don’t create an account on npp community.
    I thought you can only use those 4 predefined OAuth solutions.
    Facebook, Google, github and I forgot the 4th one.

    And (probably) GDPR is a suggestion, not a law.

    Oh no, GDPR is NOT a suggestion.

    I’m not a laywer but those predefined OAuth solutions are used by
    hundreds or thousands or even more other sites for doing authentication so I assume that GDPR regulators should have already know that.



  • @Ekopalypse said in is Notepad++ compliant with GDPR:

    But you don’t create an account on npp community.

    I suppose I meant on first login to Community, not “create” account. :-)
    It has been a while since I’ve thought of this.

    predefined OAuth solutions are used by

    hundreds or thousands or even more other sites for doing authentication so I assume that GDPR regulators should have already know that.

    So the inference is that there is no problem with how Community site does what it does. Except maybe using the phrase “mailing list” which maybe is an outdated vestige of how things were done in the past?



  • @Alan-Kilborn

    As said, not a lawyer … but it would surprise me if this kind of login procedure
    hadn’t already been discussed by the regulators … but who knows.



  • So still not a lawyer - just failed the test I did 10 minutes ago :-D

    I found this from here.

    Q: My community forum uses Facebook Connect to authenticate members, does that create a privacy risk?
    
    A: Facebook has been in the news recently for its handling of user data.
    Facebook and other social media logins can make it easy for people to
    register to a community. When someone registers for  your community
    forum using Facebook, they are allowing Facebook to send over
    information about your new member and presumably Facebook is
    logging that transaction. From a compliance point of view, we would
    think that this is two separate actions and that you as the community
    manager are not responsible for someone’s use of Facebook to log in. 
    If you offer social logins, we would recommend that you also offer a 
    registration form as well to give people the option.
    


  • Hi, @ekopalypse,

    The article "Answers to Common Questions About GDPR & Community Forums", that you mentioned in your last post, is really informative.

    Thanks you for sharing it with us !

    BR

    guy038



  • @guy038
    my pleasure :-)



  • @Luke-Parkes-Haskell said in is Notepad++ compliant with GDPR:

    @PeterJones They’re not factual errors, unless you’re being maliciously pedantic.

    That I need an account to access the forums isn’t the issue, this is expected, it’s ‘necessary’ for it to be the case. The software however explicitly asks to process and store your details for use in a mailing list - it doesn’t matter if there is no such list, nor does it matter that the e-mail feature is disabled. The existence of that checkbox, which is mandatory to access these forums, is not GDPR compliant.

    That this isn’t an ‘official support forum’ is also totally irrelevant; it’s the ‘official’ community attached directly to the main project’s website, and is where you’re directed if you’re looking for support through the main website.

    As far as I can tell, that summary post is completely unrelated to the complaint brought up here.

    Here is a screenshot of the signup page where you create an account for these forums:
    b63bf94f-aced-46e9-8c20-5ad4037f0fbb-image.png

    So yes,you’re completely right.

    1. This page says that you are registering and/or creating an account. It uses both terms.
    2. It explicitly requires you to opt into emails as part of signing up. It informs you that it will default to sending you weekly emails, and on the settings page it appears to show the same setting by default:
      c61522db-98dc-4909-983f-5f4f6bf40ada-image.png

    So one or more things should probably change. For those who are concerned about sharing your email, I was too because all the OAuth providers used to sign up use my private email which I did not want to be shared. However when choosing GitHub, even though it says that it will share all your private emails, the forum software defaults to using your [username]@users.noreply.github.com email account. This I’m happy with, and then I changed my username after the fact.


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