GDPR applies to any company, website or organization worldwide, regardless of whether they are based out of, hosted in or run out of an EU country. If the website processes, stores or transmits personal data of EU residents, the website is required to comply with the new regulations, or face steep fines.
We have been hard at work making Best Gore and associated websites fully GDPR compliant and got there safely a few days ago. We however keep dedicating more time and effort to making the processes more effective and easier to use.
The website remains fully browsable without an account. No personal information is collected from users who just wish to view the content of the website and nothing more. Anyone is free to choose viewership without participation, and anyone who had previously registered can request to have his personal information erased and view the website without participation. At least for the time being this is still possible, so should you wish to completely disappear off the website, regardless of whether you are an EU resident or not, please use the deletion request page, or contact me using the contact form.
10 Years of Strict Privacy Compliance
Even though GDPR only came into effect today, Best Gore has 10 years of history of strict privacy compliance. We have a network of supporters with thousands of individual submissions made over the years and have never once violated the trust our sources have placed in us.
So rest assured that whether there are some big letters behind the privacy promises, or some big countries swinging their fat fingers, this has been standard for us since the inception in 2008 and there has never been a deviation from our strict dedication to members’ privacy and anonymity ever.
Out of 10 years of the website’s existence, there were 3 years when I was held hostage, harassed and tortured by the Canadian regime, yet not even then have I given up any personally identifiable information on any of my members or sources. So again, even if there was no such thing as GDPR coming into effect today, you have a lot stronger reasons to trust that your personal information will not be given up lightly or abused while I’m around.
Roadmap for Future of Best Gore
Even though we have made Best Gore compliant with GDPR, it is possible that we will make certain changes in response to it. An idea that is being strongly considered and looked at is that we will block new registrations for anyone from the EU. However members who are already registered will have their accounts honored, regardless of where they are from.
It has never been my goal to prove anything with the website, but it’s true that after 10 years of running the most successful reality news site in the world, there would be nothing more to prove even if I had such goals. I’ve actually found myself wanting to shut the site down a few times, but the site remains active because each time I was close to doing it, I was met with so much support from you, my members and supporters, that it made me want to put off shutting it down and keep giving back to you instead, even though I would have preferred to wrap it up and use the time for other things.
But even if I don’t shut the site down for the time being, I plan on looking around for ways to make it more exclusive. Shutting it down for the EU could be part of it.
Full GDPR compliance will remain, but going forward we may block users from the EU from accessing our content altogether by using our proxy’s traffic management tools, and require new members who use a means to bypass it to make a declaration that they are not EU residents, so that only people who are not EU residents can make new accounts, and if an EU resident does make an account, we’ll have data to prove that they obtained membership by making a fraudulent declaration and thus their rights as EU residents are void.
There are still decisions to be made and appropriate directions to choose, so nothing is set in stone at this time, but it’s possible that if we don’t shut down, then we may become more exclusive than we have been for 10 years. For those of us who are already here, it would mean fewer trolls, more or better content as I wouldn’t have to spend hours each day handling abuse before I get to publishing, much closer relationships between members and administrators, and improved technical performance of the website as resources would not be wasted on unwanted elements.