This is a short note to let my subscribers understand my position on the new privacy law.
I am not going to be sending out one of those advice notices that you probably delete instantly without reading, just as I do. I have read about this privacy law and what I understand is the following:
- the law to protect people’s digital identity is a sensible move in an increasingly online world
- it is primarily directed at people and organizations that process data and then use that data for other purposes
- I do not process data in any way or manner. I write a blog about poetry that I share online.
- Sometimes people get in touch with me through the blog and we exchange email. That is a relationship between friends. I do not collect any kind of personal information into files or databases online, on my computer or in a filing cabinet.
I would encourage readers of blogs not to get sucked into paranoia about the internet. It is a marvelous tool that enables us to connect across cultures and languages. Blogs enable people to engage directly with others at the opposite ends of the planet, without the interference of editors, publishing houses, censors and correcting inspection.