I don't want maximum privacy. Privacy is not a right. That's just double-speak.
Privacy is the baseline. Privacy is the line drawn in the sand that a person dares to cross as an individual. Privacy is not an action, is not the effort.
An excellent observation. I could not agree more.
I'll probably be criticized for this, but I'm just being honest. I fail to see how this is giving personal information by default? Personal information would be your real name, email, or home address. Anything that can allow one to identify who you are in real life. As far as I am aware, GOG has not stated any of this info will be visible on profile pages.
Your GOG account name or account activity or even game list is not personal information and as I said before these are public accounts.
You fail to see because you do not apparently understand how far past are we in terms of technological capacity for identifying individual users with seemingly innocuous data (also, hardware/software fingerprinting methods).
12.3 If you don't agree to those changes (regardless of whether you email us), then unfortunately we must ask you to cease using GOG services. We're sorry we have to say that, but we hope you'll appreciate that for GOG services to work properly we need to have everyone using it under the same rules instead of different people having different rules. That's why we encourage you to get in contact if you have queries.
Do people actually read these?
It's not about capacity. It's about legal protection of the very foundation of modern society (the very reason most Western countries protect privacy of individual voters).
Ultimately, I don't exactly think it's right for GOG to take my money only to tell me "lulz, SOL, git lost, scrub" down the line. Maybe my age is showing, but I'm neither used to nor am willing to accept the idea of one-way contract with any corporation.
You sold me goods under specific conditions, you can at least make some damn effort to maintain such conditions when the changes have nothing to do with your primary business.
The more potential points of failure you introduce to your web site, the more likely it is to be affected by a breach. And Facebook is a huge and juicy target.
And Poland, where GOG resides, has already expressed possibly enforcing the law differently then how it is written and even possibly giving exemptions to certain things: https://iapp.org/news/a/polands-proposed-gdpr-exemptions-spark-outrage
I really hope the Polish government gets shut down hard on this by the EU.
This is such a retarded idea I don't even know where to begin. Somebody must have paid well for the potatopoliticians in their pockets.
Worst case scenario, GOG could just use geolocation data to set the profile default as private for EU users and public for NA users. That should make them compliant.
That would indeed be an acceptable solution (modulo EU-citizens who happened to be out of the region, but who'd still enjoy GDPR protection).
I'd like to have some of that EU privacy too, thank you very much, even if our government is famously the best money (that I don't have enough of) can buy :P
Edit: Also, the guy who people should have been listening to for years but it's not profitable: http://nymag.com/selectall/2018/04/richard-stallman-rms-on-privacy-data-and-free-software.html https://www.reddit.com/r/StallmanWasRight