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Part 2 of GDPR and more

You, loyal reader of The Legal Genealogist, were warned.

Yesterday, in fact.

You’re going to be hearing a lot this week about the GDPR — the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation that goes into effect on Friday, May 25.

As noted:

Just about every website you use, every list you’ve ever signed up for (including a whole bunch you’ve probably long forgotten) and every service you’ve ever used that has a web presence is going to be sending you one of those “We’ve Updated Our Privacy Rules” emails and asking you to do things because of the GDPR.


And The Legal Genealogist, as a web information provider, is no exception.1

So… today, let’s talk about cookies.

GDPR cookieNot the kind you eat, the kind that ends up on your computer: “A small text file (up to 4KB) created by a website that is stored in the user’s computer either temporarily for that session only or permanently on the hard disk (persistent cookie). Cookies provide a way for the website to recognize you and keep track of your preferences.”2

And if a cookie has information that can identify an individual, like an IP address the person is using when accessing the website, it’s the kind of information the GDPR is trying to regulate.3

So… here’s the deal here at The Legal Genealogist: yes, this website uses cookies. The Privacy Policy explains:

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. The website doesn’t use cookies for tracking purposes, but does use the cookies that are part of the WordPress blogging platform to:


• Understand and save your preferences for future visits.
• Let you share blog posts with social networks like Facebook or Twitter.
• Compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interactions.


You can change your browser settings to warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can turn off all cookies. That may impact some ways the site works for you (you can’t post a comment if you turn off cookies, for example), but you’ll still be able to read the website content.4

You’ll be asked, now, when you access the site, to agree to the use of these cookies, with a banner that looks like this:

Your choices are to agree, or to go ahead and read the content without agreeing, but with the understanding that there are some things you won’t be able to do if you don’t agree, such as post a comment.

That banner will disappear if you agree, but it’s not forever — it’ll pop up again down the road to make sure you still agree then.

Got that?

Good… because, yeah — sigh — there’s more.

Tune in tomorrow…

Note: The blogs this week on what this website is doing about the GDPR and compliance are not intended as legal advice. I can’t even say that taking these steps will make this site fully compliant, so I certainly can’t say that following the same or similar steps will make any other website compliant. Do your research, use your best judgment and maybe do the one other thing we’re all doing right now: cross your fingers…


  1. See generally Judy G. Russell, “The GDPR, you & me,” The Legal Genealogist, posted 21 May 2018 ( : accessed 22 May 2018).
  2. PC Magazine Encyclopedia ( : accessed 21 May 2018), “cookie.”
  3. See generally Recital 30, “Online identifiers for profiling and identification,” GDPR via Intersoft Consulting ( : accessed 21 May 2018).
  4. “Privacy Policy: Use of Cookies,” The Legal Genealogist, posted 17 May 2018 ( : accessed 21 May 2018).
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