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You've got mail from Google!

  1. Buildreps profile image92
    Buildrepsposted 23 months ago

    Dear Publisher,

    We want to let you know about a new policy about obtaining EU end-users’ consent that reflects regulatory and best practice guidance. It clarifies your duty to obtain end-user consent when you use products like Google AdSense, DoubleClick for Publishers, and DoubleClick Ad Exchange.

    Please review our new EU user consent policy as soon as possible. This requires that you obtain EU end users’ consent to the storing and accessing of cookies and other information, and to the data collection, sharing, and usage that takes place when you use Google products. It does not affect any provisions on data ownership in your contract.

    Please ensure that you comply with this policy as soon as possible, and not later than 30th September 2015.

    If your site or app does not have a compliant consent mechanism, you should implement one now. To make this process easier for you, we have compiled some helpful resources at cookiechoices.org.

    This policy change is being made in response to best practice and regulatory requirements issued by the European data protection authorities. These requirements are reflected in changes recently made on Google’s own websites.

    Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

    Regards,
    The Google Policy Team

    Does this mean that HP has to introduce a kind of 'cookie accept' button?

    1. SheilaMilne profile image90
      SheilaMilneposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Yes, they do have to have a "cookie accept" button, unless they want to restrict readers to non-EU countries.

  2. paradigm search profile image60
    paradigm searchposted 23 months ago

    At the bottom of Google's website they have a privacy link. I'm thinking just putting the same link at the bottom of our own websites would make Google and the EU happy?

    I've already tacked it at the bottom of my main website as follows...

    Google advertiser privacy policy

    1. SheilaMilne profile image90
      SheilaMilneposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      I think it needs more than that.  Almost all EU sites have been using something like:
      "We use cookies to give you the best possible experience on our website. By continuing to browse this site or by choosing to close this message, you give consent for cookies to be used. For more details, including how you can amend your preferences, please read our Cookie Policy."

      Usually it's a pop-up type of message.

    2. SheilaMilne profile image90
      SheilaMilneposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Blogspot already does one: "This site uses cookies to help deliver services. By using this site, you agree to the use of cookies. Learn more Got it"

      I would think most big international sites have it covered.

      1. paradigm search profile image60
        paradigm searchposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        I use Blogger/Blogspot and can't find that quote. Where is it?

        1. paradigm search profile image60
          paradigm searchposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          Or is it also a pop-up for first time visitors that I've just been totally unaware of?

          1. SheilaMilne profile image90
            SheilaMilneposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            It will be for first time visitors or if you clear your cookies.  I'm not sure if it's clever enough  to pop up only if you're in the EU (I think it may be).  Since I am in the EU, I can't test it without using a proxy, and then I'd be a first time user anyway.

            1. paradigm search profile image60
              paradigm searchposted 23 months ago in reply to this

              Thanks. One less thing to worry about.

              I'm going to go ahead and leave my link there as well. Maybe Google will give me a bonus point or something. big_smile

  3. annart profile image88
    annartposted 23 months ago

    I don't understand any of it; just makes me nervous.  I'm just writing under the hubpages umbrella so why can't hubpages sort it out?  Seems to me that it's HubPages who need to give us advice - and advice which the average layperson can understand, not tech talk!

    1. SheilaMilne profile image90
      SheilaMilneposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      It will have to be HubPages.  It's not something we can do on our individual pages.

      1. annart profile image88
        annartposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Thanks, SheilaMilne, for agreeing; that makes me feel better!  We'll see what happens, then!

  4. Mark Ewbie profile image83
    Mark Ewbieposted 23 months ago

    I spent an extremely pissed off morning reading about this stupid directive.

    In the end I chose the default option that Google suggest - a bit of code to go in the header and a Cookie page to explain to the terribly dumb what it all means.

    We all just accept these warnings and carry on anyway - although I suppose there might be some who back arrow.

    I wrote a fairly sarcastic Cookie page which ends with this...

    Questions
    If you have any questions about this cookie policy I strongly suggest you get a life.

    1. Buildreps profile image92
      Buildrepsposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      I don't want to annoy you even further, Mark, but wouldn't it be nice to toss in a nice fat picture on this issue to wake up the staff? smile

      1. Mark Ewbie profile image83
        Mark Ewbieposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Sadly I am working.

        Sort of.

        1. Buildreps profile image92
          Buildrepsposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          But, but...we are your family...sort of

          1. Mark Ewbie profile image83
            Mark Ewbieposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            Well OK.  Look dearest - I have to go out to work.

  5. WriteAngled profile image92
    WriteAngledposted 23 months ago

    LOL Mark!

    I will take the even lazier option and just bung yet another plug-in onto my Wordpress sites. Have done that for previous nonsensical rules dumped by G on web site owners. The problem is solved in the ten seconds it takes to search for, select and activate a relevant plug-in.

  6. Glenn Stok profile image97
    Glenn Stokposted 23 months ago

    The EU requires a clear notification to visitors that cookies are being used. And that notification needs to remain on screen until users click to show they understand. It's just the way things are and website owners need to comply if we want European visitors. I already placed a pop up to do this on my business site yesterday as Google suggested.

    As for our hubs, we don't need to be concerned about it on HubPages since it's up to staff to implement this. HP already knows about it. I passed the Google notice on to them yesterday, although I'm sure they already are on top of it. HP is always good at abiding by changing rules. No one needs to worry.

    1. SheilaMilne profile image90
      SheilaMilneposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      It's not exactly new. It started as an EU Directive that was adopted by all EU countries in May 2011 so they have had a while to think about it.

      1. Glenn Stok profile image97
        Glenn Stokposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Thanks for that update. I didn't know the directive was adopted in 2011. Something must have happened that made Google require webmasters to obey it now.

  7. WriteAngled profile image92
    WriteAngledposted 23 months ago

    The idiocy of it all is that I do not use cookies on my web sites. Heck, I don't even ask visitors to opt in to a mailing list! I'm not in the least bit interested where my visitors come from, what they do, nor do I wish to spam them with emails. However, in order to maintain the few pennies I get from Google Ads, I now have to load a plug-in that tells people that their information may be stored by my site.

    I'm rapidly getting to the point where I probably will just delete my sites and stop bothering soon. I've already had to put on a mobile-friendly plug-in to shut up Google, despite the fact I have no wish to target phone morons who are unwilling to spend more than ten seconds reading an article.

    The angst is really not worth it.

  8. Mark Ewbie profile image83
    Mark Ewbieposted 23 months ago

    Meanwhile... the Euro MEPs voted today to store all passenger flight data for five years.

    Er.

    No cookie warning message there.

  9. paradigm search profile image60
    paradigm searchposted 23 months ago

    Blogger admits that because of my having a custom domain and my being a US visitor I am unable to check if Blogger has put that message on my domain; yet they say I'm responsible for checking that it is there. Could someone from Europe please check it? www .websitewithnoname. com Many thanks and what a pain in the neck... Oh, well.

    1. paradigm search profile image60
      paradigm searchposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Some side notes...

      I had to throw out the HP hub widget. It would have required a second notification/acceptance pop-up message.

      I had to throw out the visitor IP display I was using from a third-party. It would have required a third notification/acceptance pop-up message.

      Leastwise I've got no Amazon there. I'm guessing that would have required yet a fourth notification/acceptance pop-up message.

      Viglink I'm guessing would have been a fifth if had still been using that.

      What a town..., the internet...

      1. sallybea profile image97
        sallybeaposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        I used an open source cookie notification from https://silktidedotcom/tools/cookie-consent/ It is easy to check to make sure you have done it properly but wonder if HubPages will do the same on these pages.

        1. paradigm search profile image60
          paradigm searchposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          Here are the two sticks Blogger poked me with that necessitated my obligatory rant... big_smile

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          "European Union laws require you to give European Union visitors information about cookies used on your blog. In many cases, these laws also require you to obtain consent.

          As a courtesy, we have added a notice on your blog to explain Google's use of certain Blogger and Google cookies, including use of Google Analytics and AdSense cookies.

          You are responsible for confirming this notice actually works for your blog, and that it displays. If you employ other cookies, for example by adding third party features, this notice may not work for you. Learn more about this notice and your responsibilities."

          AND

          "European Union (EU) laws require you to give EU visitors information about cookies used on your blog. In many cases, these laws also require you to obtain consent.

          As a courtesy, we have added a notice on your blog to help meet these regulations. The notice lets visitors know about Google's use of certain Blogger and Google cookies on your blog, including Google Analytics and AdSense cookies. Learn about Google’s privacy practices and how Google uses data on partner sites.
          Change the notice
          How to change or disable notice

          If you have edited your blog in a way that hides this notice, it will be your responsibility to notify your visitors about cookies used on your blog and if necessary, obtain consent. Also, if you have added other blog features that set cookies, including third-party analytics or advertising services, you’ll need to provide additional or a different notice.

          It is your responsibility to determine, based on your cookie use, what else would be appropriate. If you choose to use a different notice, be sure you still comply with Google’s EU user consent policy. Learn more on generating cookie notices.
          See the notice
          To see the notice if you’re outside of the EU, view your blog and change the country code, for example blogspot.fr or blogspot.co.uk. If you use a custom domain, you won't see the notice outside of the EU."

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          If I add anything beyond Blogger, AdSense, and Analytics someday, maybe I'll liberate whatever HP decides to use... big_smile

    2. SheilaMilne profile image90
      SheilaMilneposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Yes, it's there, Mr Paradigm

 
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