In the coming weeks many online sites and services based in the Europe (and optionally elsewhere) will be emailing various notification of consent
messages, or provide updated cookie consent pop-ups online, so as to be in compliance with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation
(come into effect 25 May), required to be issued for visitors (continued) use of a site or service.
It's not exactly clear how this affects forums and other community or participatory services like KatsBits because the regulations carry the implication
that if consent is not given, any
content, user accounts or other material must be removed with immediate effect (because consent for its continued use has not been/is no longer given
). Needless to say the consequences of having to do this where more than one person is involved in a conversation potentially means/implies all associated content
need be removed (and likely permanently deleted), which then obviously breaks context and continuity, of particular importance for technical support, fixing issues and getting appropriate degrees of community assistance.
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