You’ve probably seen dozens of emails and dozens of pop-ups about updated privacy policies from just about every website you’ve ever visited over the past few weeks, and Brothers-Brick.com is no different. Ever since our founding in 2005, The Brothers Brick has been committed to our readers’ online privacy and security. Like nearly all websites that share content for free, Brothers-Brick.com relies on advertising to cover the costs of server infrastructure, products for review, event travel, and so on. As a result, we have always relied on a variety of advertising partners and technologies to operate the website. TBB’s commitment to your privacy and security remains unchanged. Similarly, how The Brothers Brick uses your personally identifiable information is not changing as a result of the new Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that is coming into effect on May 25th, 2018.
However, the GDPR requires that all websites who have visitors from the European Union (in other words, effectively all websites in the world) provide better transparency to their users about what information the website collects, stores, and processes, along with ways to opt out of retaining any personal data. Here on Brothers-Brick.com, this user data primarily takes the form of comments that users leave on our articles, along with associated metadata such as the name they chose to display to other website visitors.