The thing is, if you allow people to comment on your blog and, like the majority of blogs these days, your blog contains fields for the commentator’s name, email address and web address, you are collecting personal information which is protected by that draft legislation and which, in turn, requires that you publish a policy that tells visitors to your site the following:
- what information you are collecting;
- what you are going to do with that information; and
- manipulation and disclosure of that personal information.
This may sound like a scam to make lawyers even richer but consider the possible consequences of being sued for copyright infringement on your blog or defamation arising out of inflammatory comments your visitors make. What about personal information stored in your admin section being accessed and sold off by unauthorised third parties? There are real risks which should be borne in mind. Social media empowers everyone to become a publisher. With that power comes the responsibility both to yourself and to your readers to put measures in place to minimise risk.