GDPR/Data Protection hits RealVNC users on the Raspberry Pi

Bit of a Public Service Announcement today for RealVNC users.

Adam Byrne from RealVNC has said in a news item that things will need to change with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that is coming in at the end of May. RealVNC will no longer be available to users under the age of 16. Instead, they will have to get a parent to sign-up for an account to enable them to use the software.

Existing users will be contacted to declare their age and any account that is currently signed up for by under 16s will be deleted. The same will happen to any account where the user does not respond.

You can read the full news item here.

GDPR is a bit of… I won’t type what I want to… a tough one. It’s quite extensive, a bit painful, but hopefully worthwhile in the end. You can read more about the regulation here.

4 comments for “GDPR/Data Protection hits RealVNC users on the Raspberry Pi

  1. Bonzadog
    17 April 2018 at 10:44 am

    Just how are they going to inforce this? One simply needs to state “I am over 16” and you get a copy.

    Why the age restriction – most of the problems are caused by 18 to 30 Year olds?

    This look like an action that has virtually no effect.

    • Michael Horne
      17 April 2018 at 11:11 am

      It’s just so they can say they’ve complied, I believe. GDPR affects us all, alas.

      • Bonzadog
        17 April 2018 at 11:28 am

        Not “alas” this is a good thing. The stricter privacy EU regulations will be far superior than the US . I just wish the Europeans could develop an EU alternative to Facebook..Twitter and WhatsApp . I can happily live without. At least we have Galileo as the alternative to the US owned GPS.

  2. 23 April 2018 at 11:12 am

    Thanks for sharing this Mike, we appreciate it! – RealVNC team

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