Google’s “Blogger” and the GDPR - What went wrong?

In months of talks about GDPR, Google’s Blogger has kept silent

GDPR is coming into force, Google - anything to say to the millions using your Blogger platform?

Dear Google,

when I started my blog on your Blogspot / Blogger platform, back in August 2015, I thought I was doing the right thing.

I have never blogged before, my budget was limited (to say the least), and I saw your product as a sensible solution.

Since then, things have gone on pretty smoothly, I must admit - my tiny blog has grown a lot, I’ve made lots of new friends, a few webzines have invited me to join their teams…

Almost three years have passed.

However, this might soon change.

And the reason can be found in these four letters: GDPR

Yep, that pesky General Data Protection Regulation the European Union has been working on for so much time, those new rules people all over the Internet have been talking about for months…

…Do you know what I’m talking about, don’t you?

Excuse me if I ask this, but see, it really looks like you have completely forgot about it.

No, I’m not kidding:

Since February 2018, your support forums have been literally flooded with requests from Blogger users asking for help - what you were going to do about GDPR, whether we could relax and untrust you with our safety or not…

However, your response has been pretty disappointing, IMHO:

Hi All,

Welcome to the Blogger Help Forum.

Apologies for the delayed response.

You can count on the fact that Google is committed to GDPR compliance across products, including Blogger. We are always working to stay compliant, which helps make compliance easier for your blog. We are also committed to providing robust privacy and security protections built into our services. We know security and privacy are important to you, and they are important to us, too. For Google, it’s a priority that your private information is safe.

You can also find more information about privacy, data and security at privacy.google.com, or by visiting Google’s Privacy Policy.

As we cannot provide you with legal advice, we encourage you to consult an attorney to understand your status and obligations under GDPR. If you are a data controller for a blog, you may find guidance related to your responsibilities on the website of your national or lead data protection authority under the GDPR (as applicable), as well as by reviewing publications by data privacy associations such as the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Regards

…So?

This answer has been published on March 14th, 2018 - since then, nothing more has been made known on the subject.

What are we supposed to do?

Should we look for an external solution?

Do you have anything in control?

Who knows.

Only one thing is certain: as of May 24th, 2018, just ONE DAY before GDPR coming into force, we Blogger users were just as clueless as we were three months ago.

Clueless… and enraged.

As one user has put it,

Since I have 2 private blogs running I won’t bother to deal with legal regulations and/or lawyers to get a stupid, private blog fixed. I have more important things to do with my life. I am pretty angry that “normal people” are being confronted with some massive wave of obviously complicated rules which go far beyond our competences. No clear answers to be found on what to do? Okay, so I delete my blogs. Many others will do the same. The whole thing is horribly unorganised and unprofessional. Someone who doesn’t earn a coing from writing a couple of articles to people who care about it, will surely not lose any further hours on such a waste of time. Farewell everybody!

I can’t blame her, indeed.

If you have a problem with somebody’s product, and they seem not to care, what are you supposed to do?

Especially when competitors have already set up their own solutions:

I’m going to try connecting with one of the FB groups that offer support for the Blogger platform since there seems to be MUCH LESS info about how to integrate GDPR into a Blogger site than one based on WordPress.

Yes, dear “Big G” - while you were babbling about “compliance” without giving us any hint, WordPress and other blogging platforms have been doing their own homework, so to speak: plug-ins have been made available, cookie-kits have been introduced…

…what about you, then?


On May 25th, 2018, I’ve temporarily taken down my blog.

Yes, I’ve seen that tiny new banner on my website: but do you really think it is enough?

Where’s the ability to check any single cookie, for example?

I really wouldn’t like to come up with even more extreme solutions, but I have to warn you: shouldn’t things change, and change soon, I will have to do what lots of fellow Blogger users are already threatening to do.

I will shut down my Blogger account and move my blog somewhere else (on WordPress, Altervista, Medium…)

Do you really want us to leave your ship, and see it sink?

Just tell us, Google.

Tell us something.