[EuroPython] Publication of speakers' data on the web site

Giovanni Bajo rasky at develer.com
Sat Apr 9 16:10:28 CEST 2011

On sab, 2011-04-09 at 15:48 +0200, Charlie Clark wrote:
> Am 09.04.2011, 15:22 Uhr, schrieb Stefan Schwarzer  
> <sschwarzer at sschwarzer.net>:
> > Hi everyone
> > On the talk submission form [1] there are required fields
> > for the date of birth and the mobile phone number of the
> > speaker.
> > A bit down is an - also required - checkbox titled "I agree
> > to let you publish my data on the web site." Does that
> > actually mean I can only submit a talk if I agree to have my
> > date of birth and mobile phone number published on the
> > website?
> Good call, Stefan.
> seems in blatant disregard of the site's privacy policy,

I disagree. The form linked above clearly explains what it is going to
be published and what it is not. Moreover, if you submit the form once,
you are brought to the exact page that *will* become public, but still
in a private form; you can review everything and amend at any time. 

> but then the site  
> is also using Google Analytics which also breaches this

Again, I disagree. We don't send Google Analytics any private data that
we are aware of. If you mind to elaborate on where our privacy policy
seems to disallow Google Analytics usage, we can amend the text to allow
it (and/or explicitly mention that it is being used). Plus, it's
possible to globally opt out from GA as you might know.

> and it's also not  
> sure which data is handed over to Janrain for the single sign-on: their  
> website doesn't really inspire trust that personal data will be treated as  
> such.

We don't hand anything to Janrain; it's exactly the other way round,
because Janrain gives us the personal information extracted from the
website used for login. You can read more about Janrain privacy policy
on their website. Plus, you are not required to use it, you can go
through a standard form if you prefer.

> I'm more than a little intrigued to see cookies for the site for a  
> conference in 2011 set to expire in 2021.

This can be something that we overlooked. I'll get back to you.

BTW, I didn't appreciate your tone. We are volunteers working in our
spare time to service the community. We surely do mistakes like anybody
else, especially on complex legal matters, but you will not help the
event or its partecipants just by citing EU directive numbers or naming
violations without providing details nor proposing solutions.
Giovanni Bajo

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