You may have heard that the European Union’s new regulation on data protection, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is coming into effect on May 25. It has effects on sites and organizations all around the world, including Archive of Our Own.
The GDPR’s primary focus is on data privacy and transparency, and on giving users more control over what their data is used for. The AO3 team has been working hard to comply with all GDPR requirements, and to make more information available on how we use your data across the site. Here’s what you need to know about upcoming changes.
Terms of Service
We’ve recently updated our Terms of Service. In this update, among other changes:
- We added more explicit information about how we use the data you provide to offer certain features—such as keeping track of where you’ve already left kudos—and to display the content you provide in your works, comments, and profile pages.
- We added a new Age Policy (more on this below).