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18.07.17: Changes to Our Types of Data Collected Section

On Tuesday, 18.07.17, we are updating our Types of Data Collected section that affects both our own privacy policy and our users. Here below you can read what this change is about.

Types of data collected” section update

We’ve rewritten the privacy policy text section regarding the types of data being collected by any site or app. This section is now more precise and tells the reader that all data processed is mandatory in nature with one exception. That exception is data that is specifically marked as not being mandatory. The provision of such data is up to the user’s choice, and the service is not affected by it.

Overview of the changes

You can preview the fully revised wording here on our Github account, which will highlight the exact changes for you:

Part of the Github change tracking screen

Why did we make this change?

We’ve made this revision because certain implementations of the European Privacy Directive require such a statement. Since our main rule for our documents is to have the most restrictive wording inside our privacy policy by default, our legal team started to get to work and organised the necessary changes for the new default wording.

When do you get this update?

You are free to keep the old wording intact until September, 1st. Starting today, 18.07.17, you can get the new wording by updating your privacy policy (you can remove and re-add a service, for example). Any new privacy policies created starting today will automatically have the new wording inside.

On September 1st, all privacy policies will have this change applied automatically. This includes your privacy policy, if you choose to wait until then.

Anything else? Do I have to communicate these changes?

As with any change to data collection practices we suggest to make these changes known to your users. In theory these changes do not include any real change to what’s done with the already collected data or to the purpose of the collection.

The new wording communicates that some data submitted is not mandatory and that in turn the non-provision doesn’t make it impossible for the service to be provided.