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Preparing for GDPR

Hi, I'm coming to this a bit late and maybe there is material on the site already about it, please signpost if so.  Is Ning doing anything to help or prepare for this new data protection law which will affect all EU-based organisations?  I think Ning will be a data processor, and I don't know where to look for stuff about data security, for example.  Any other network owners doing this?

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    • Hi there!

      At the footer of your network, you have the links to the privacy policy and terms and conditions of your network, the updated text would appear there. Here is the screenshot from creators network with the highlighted location of those links:

      If you need the direct links, you can find them below, but please replace with your domain:

      Best regards,

      Ning Team.

      • Thank you, but could you please provide here the exact changes in the Terms? To go to those links doesn't clarify much. Is it just this?

        15. International Users

        The Ning Platform is hosted in the United States. If you use the Ning Platform from the European Union, or any other region with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from U.S. law, please note that you are transferring your personal data to the United States. The United States does not have the same data protection laws as the European Union and other regions. By providing Personal Information under this Privacy Policy, you consent to the use of Personal Information in accordance with this Privacy Policy and the transfer of your Personal Information to the United States.

        From what I've read, it doesn't sound like a simple blanket statement like that will satisfy the EU authorities. What messages are you proposing that we broadcast?



        • Hi there!

          No, it's not everything, the following text would be posted as well:

          Data Privacy Addendum
          Ning Interactive Inc. - Network Creator Agreement

          This addendum (“Addendum”) is made by and between Ning Interactive Inc., (the “Ning”), and the Network Creator ("NC") to the parties’ agreements (Terms of Services) for as long as the parties conduct business engagement (collectively, the “Agreement”). Each shall herein be referred to as a Party and collectively the Parties. In case of any inconsistency or conflict between the Agreement to this Addendum, the terms of this Addendum shall prevail.
          1. DEFINITIONS
          1.1. “End User” means a human end user of NC’s Target Service.
          1.2. “Target Service” means any site, product or service of NC, to which Ning provides Services as per Ning Terms of Services. Target Service shall mean to include any service, product, creative, offer, ad or content available therein, or served by which.
          1.3. "Network Creator or NC” means network creator that uses Ning’s Services/platform.
          1.4. “Personal Information” or “PI” (for more details please see Ning’’s Privacy Policy) means raw or processed data that identifies, potentially identifies or locates a natural person; including Sensitive Data, name, address, telephone number, email address, and social security number of a person. PI also includes data associated with an anonymous identifier or demographic or behavioral data, when such identifier or data is stored with data that identifies or locates a natural person. PI does not include truncated IP addresses (e.g., an IP address where at least the final octet of such address has been deleted).
          1.5. “Sensitive Data” means data that is given a higher level of protection under applicable local law and includes social security numbers and other government-issued identifiers, insurance plan numbers, financial account numbers, precise information about past, present, or potential future health or medical conditions or treatments, including genetic, genomic, and family medical history, sexual orientation or other sexual information. In certain jurisdictions such as Australia and European Union, Sensitive Information may also include information that reveals race, financial or criminal history, ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership or data that concerns an individual’s health, whether or not tied to PI.
          1.6. “User Data” shall mean an anonymous and non-PI data about an End User or group of End Users.

          2.1. Without derogating from the generality of any obligation, representation or warranty stipulated in Terms of Services and Privacy Policy, the Parties, are and will remain compliant at all times with applicable laws, regulations, seals, rules, policies and guidelines, including those of the platforms and channels through which a web traffic is generated (“Applicable Rules”). Applicable Rules include, but are not limited to, privacy protection laws of all the jurisdictions from which End Users are originated.
          2.2. NC will only collect and use Personal Information that was explicitly consented by End Users. Such consent shall be informed and obtained either directly by NC through the Target Service, or as shared with NC by Ning based on informed End User Consent and subject to Ning’s Privacy Statement and/or explicit instructions or restrictions.
          2.3. NC shall immediately edit or erase, if applicable and as the case may be, any PI that Ning instruct NC to erase, based on End User’s request.
          2.4. Any and all Target Services shall carry a fully complaint privacy policy and any other disclosures of data collection practices, as required by Applicable Rules. In addition, where such data collection practices involve PI, an informed consent of End Users shall be demonstrated at all times.
          2.5. NC shall not send, refer or upload any PI to Ning, unless consented by End User (collection, sharing and usage by Ning, with accordance to Ning’s Privacy Statement), and unless required by Ning for a fully disclosed and agreed upon purposes and usage.
          2.6. If either Party collects or otherwise involves in collection, processing and usage of PI, it shall apply diligent measures and control to secure and safeguard any PI and the access to which.
          2.7. Each Party will notify the other Party in writing of any limitation or restriction of User Data and/or Personal Information sharing or using, or, of any End User’s request to update, edit, or completely erase Personal Information.
          2.8. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Parties’ Agreement:
          2.8.1. NC acknowledges and agrees that it is its responsibility, liability and respectively undertakes to ensure that any data collection practice is disclosed, consented and treated in accordance with such disclosures and consent.
          2.8.2. Each Party will indemnify, defend and hold harmless the other Party and/or its affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, licensors, and assigns (“Party’s Indemnitees”), from and against any and all losses, damages, liabilities, deficiencies, actions, judgments, awards, costs or expenses of whatever kind, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, any third party claim, suit, action or proceeding (“Claim”) arising from, connected with or relating to, (i) any breach of the obligations under this this Addendum, (ii) any violation and/or willful misconduct or unlawful or negligent act or omission by the indemnifying Party related to applicable privacy protection laws.
          2.8.3. Each Party's total aggregate liability for all damages and losses under this Addendum will not, under any circumstances, exceed the amount of fees paid by NC to the Ning under this Agreement within the twelve (12) months preceding the date of bringing a Claim.

          Please let us know if you have any other questions.

          Best regards,

          Ning team.

      • Hi, thanks for this but my site ( doesn't have a link to Privacy Policy, only Terms of Service 

        © 2018   Created by Peter Danson.   Powered byBadges  |  Help  |  Terms of Service

        (and only then once I had removed the Chat feature which was hiding it Badges | Help | Terms of Service)

        Peter Danson


        • Hi there!

          By default privacy policy is empty. In order to display the link to it, you should insert some policies there. It could be done in terms of service tab on your dashboard.

          Best regards,

          Ning Team.

          • Thanks for that - I have linked to the NING Privacy Policy ; which I understand you will be updating for GDPR?

            • Hi there!

              The Data Privacy Addendum would be available via the separate link, however, if you are on Ning 3.0 you also will be able to create your own addendum that would be located on your network and will be available via the separate link. If you are on 2.0 you can create the separate page where you can post your own addendum of course if you wish.

              Best regards,

              Ning Team.

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