28 December 2020
In fact, it's now required by law in most countries, with some having stricter laws than others.
Most everyone knows that Europe has much stricter standards when it comes to privacy laws. Indeed, Europe's General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) became law back in 2016 all over the European Economic Area (EEA), and has affected businesses around the world.
Today, Brazil has copied Europe in many respects, passing the Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados (LGPD) in 2018. The LGPD became enforceable on August 15, 2020. Likewise, Thailand's new Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) has copied the GDPR and went into effect on May 27, 2020.
As for the USA, the state of California has the strictest data privacy laws in North America. It is set to become even more strict with a new law called the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA). This law is designed to update and expand California's Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).
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Moreover, under most privacy data laws, particularly for those doing business in the EEA or in the State of California (your business doesn't have to be located in those locations, you simply have to be doing business there), anyone using your site must be informed about their rights when it comes to their personal information.
Consider the fact that the user's browser is collecting information that the user went to your blog. Your blog itself, depending on the platform, may record the fact that a user dropped by. The IP address might be recorded. Cookies might be placed onto the user's computer.
Additionally, suppose you use social sharing tools to share your content on social platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat. In that case, the blog platform gets a hold of the user's private data through its integration with those platforms.
If you allow comments on your blog, then you're actively asking for user input and data. A user comment form such as the example below is just another way your blog gets a user to give up personal data.
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