GDPR and Privacy Policy Update
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DeviantArt is committed to providing all deviants with a safe and fun environment to create and grow — and this commitment includes maintaining your privacy and security.  

You’ve likely already received many emails and notifications about privacy updates from websites and apps where you have accounts. This is because the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) places new responsibilities on organizations that collect data from European Union residents and is designed to grant people more control over such data.

In accordance with GDPR, DeviantArt is building a tool that allows European Union deviants to:

  • Access Their Data: On request, deviants can see what data we have on file, what we’re using the data for, and with whom we are sharing the data.

  • Permanently Delete Their Data: Deviants may review and permanently delete certain data. A log of deletion requests will be kept for security purposes.


These changes will be in effect starting May 25th, 2018. DeviantArt has always respected and protected the privacy of our community and will continue to do so in the future. As part of that commitment, and in preparation for new European Union data protection laws, we're updating our Privacy Policy.

For more information about the changes, please visit this article in the DeviantArt Knowledge Base.



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Ananya-TalviHobbyist General Artist
Way more than half a year ago you announced this and up until now nothing happened. Is this tool still in the making? Or what else are you going to do in regards of the GDPR? 
USA92's avatar
European Union's Article 13 legislation seems to be more troubling than, if not just as controversial, how GDPR is implemented and how it affects Europeans and everybody else. Its legal language, in relation to copyright law, is in contradiction to fair use and safe harbor principles, respectively. Obviously, how Europeans handle copyright matters is different from how Americans handle it, but the European model is not everybody's model. It will negatively affect everybody using copyrighted material, including content creators. Media companies, including film companies and record labeling companies, will get past certain legal safeguards to shut down innovation for profits. Combatting copyright infringement and piracy is fine, but that is not the issue other than Article 13's legal language, which is purposely vague. Check out MatPat (Game Theory and Film Theory)'s analysis on Article 13 and take action immediately to preserve the free and creative Internet: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbXHrj….
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Ananya-TalviHobbyist General Artist
Are you going to inform users when and where this tool will be available? 
Veroom's avatar
VeroomHobbyist Artist
DeviantArt are building a tool?

I'm concerned about this. DeviantArt have been building several feature upgrades (such as a notes revamp) since 2012 and we're still waiting on all of them.

GDPR compliance is not subject to "We're working on this, honest!". It must be in place. In other words - is this tool done yet? If so, can you please update this update to link it? If not, at the very least, when will it be?
Limnoria's avatar
Are you going to get rid of Wix's stupid replay sessions while you're at it? :lol:
Jakeukalane's avatar
JakeukalaneHobbyist Digital Artist
wix bought deviantart, so I don't think so.
Limnoria's avatar
Kinda figured.... bummer.  :shrug:
Jakeukalane's avatar
JakeukalaneHobbyist Digital Artist
they are annoying or something? because I didn't recieved any (I don't know what they are)
Limnoria's avatar
Replay sessions are a way for a website to track every physical move you make on a website.  It gives them a record of how you moved your mouse/cursor.  They can fingerprint users this way as well, so if you have alternate accounts for legitimate purposes and wish to keep them separated, they can still identify you.  The real bad part is that I think to an extent it keylogs, so if you put in passwords or financial information, the company behind a website can get that information even if you don't ever press a Submit button.  And if someone gets into their systems, then all that information is just sitting there, waiting to be exploited.
Jakeukalane's avatar
JakeukalaneHobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, wow. That is serious stuff. 

I recommend you to install ublock and privacy badger at least. I have a strong /etc/hosts  Is a paint to admin that file in windows but it is fundamental to save you from a part of this.

I don't think that there is a definitive solution though, seems some advertising companies are aplying this: panopticlick.eff.org

my browser for example fails in the last two.
Limnoria's avatar
Oh, I've used a combo of uMatrix, uBlock, and Privacy Badger for a few months so I'm probably good against the scripts, it's fingerprinting that gives me a hard time and I don't make it easier on myself by using a derivative of FireFox.  :shrug:
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JakeukalaneHobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, I understand. did you know about hosts file?
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MrWitchblade's avatar
It's good to know, but sad that some companies are rushing round trying to catch up.
Most places with good protection and respect in place need only give us a msg. (like this)

And some have made out it's some really big problem.

It took my company all of 10 seconds to check and sort.
:/
Username-91's avatar
Username-91Hobbyist Filmographer

If this is the case, then it’s time to allow us to delete the comments on our profiles. People are asking to add this function for years, but the Аdministration is persistently avoiding doing so. They are avoiding this proposal as a plague! We can delete comments in forum suggestions, but we cannot delete our comments on our profiles. I also find ridiculous the stupid edit limit. On other sites, you can unlimitedly edit your comments while on your deviantART profile you have 24 hours to fix what you wrote. I find this ridiculous! You claim that you appreciate the Community, but you persistently refuse to make our suggestions come true. :sostupid: Allow us to delete our comments people want to get rid of the stupid spam they have on their profiles. Deleting comments is what we most need to get rid of the old comment that trolls left on our profiles. Plenty of trolls the Administration expelled. What's the point of having them on your profile? A search comment feature is what we need; I usually have no memory of what I compose, so I often forget what I mention. Because of the status, I have to search it by pressing “Next Page” few times. A search text box would be, write your username or the content then it appears. It is also useful to find your comments, edit them or remove them. 

Jakeukalane's avatar
JakeukalaneHobbyist Digital Artist
you can hide them
Skitzious's avatar
SkitziousHobbyist Traditional Artist
PREACH THIS UP
Username-91's avatar
Username-91Hobbyist Filmographer
Reiji Mitsurugi (Bow) [V2]   
robert-kim-karen's avatar
robert-kim-karenHobbyist Photographer
"DeviantArt is building a tool that allows European Union deviants to:" - is there some reason you all can't be good guys and give everyone access to this?
Jakeukalane's avatar
JakeukalaneHobbyist Digital Artist
I read in a comment that they will be doing for all users.
rotane's avatar
rotaneProfessional
Another bug report: On the GDPR page www.deviantart.com/settings/gd… , the HTML-title reads as "Deactivation Settings". This needs to be fixed!
AgnosticDragon's avatar
AgnosticDragonHobbyist Writer
Does this entail any changes for those of us outside Europe?
FanArtArtist1993's avatar
FanArtArtist1993Hobbyist General Artist
I have noticed the change I already recieved a notification from Wattpad. Wattpad made their users read the new law.
haldron's avatar
My liiiiiiiiiife all day every day. :| 
MrWitchblade's avatar
It's nice when there isn't any fuss. :)

Some people have gone over the top.
This is good.
Cheers for the info.
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