What is it?
But why is it always there?
Well, the short answer is, truly, click it and find out, because it is there for you to have that persistent access. You can also ignore it. If you do nothing, then the website will act like you chose “deny all” because it errs on the side of your rights as a website visitor. I think it is important that you know that up front. If you don’t do anything with it, your rights are maximally protected by default.
I am not a lawyer and nothing said by me at any time including specifically here should be construed as legal advice. I am a website admin and a tech geek, not a lawyer. For the best information you shoud consult the most apt source, which in this case would be an online privacy law attorney. What I offer here is a general response only, to explain the fingerprint on the website and to point you to sources of more information on website policies and legal obligations.
Why so many policies?
Just Click It
If you have not yet done so, go ahead and click the fingerprint. It stays visible persistently (meaning you cannot make it go away) in order to be the most compliant with the most privacy laws. For example, some states say that users should be able to “readily” or “easily” change their consent regarding website cookies. And the persistent fingerprint is hard to miss, so keeping it there meets that standard.
Why Don’t All Websites Have These Things?
Those of us in spaces where website agency owners talk about the lawsuits their clients get hit with certainly ask this question often. I, personally, find it very concerning that more organizations do not take online privacy more seriously. I have an old friend whose company was fined $1 million by the Federal Trade Commission for violating one specific online privacy law. Ask me offline, and I will show you their somewhat infamous news story…
What does Living Table do with analytics?
So what should I click?
You have a right to revoke analytics, which is what cookie consent management, the omnipresent fingerprint, and the related laws are all about.
For a more thorough explanation, I invite you to read a resource on one of my own websites – Read About Legal Policies.
Feel free to leave any website-related comments or questions for me below.
Added – About Partner Info
Only adults aged 18+ can register for the Living Table directory, and everyone must complete their own profile. The reason is compliance with federal privacy laws.
When completing your profile, you can indicate whether you have a partner also registering for the directory. However, if they do not also register on their own, Living Table is not able to store their name. This is to protect their legal right to privacy, and it would be illegal for Living Table to store their personally identifiable information without their consent. Everyone gives their consent when they individually register.
If you notice that when you registered, you entered a partner’s name and later realize that their name is no longer in your profile, this is why: they did not register. We can only store that field of information with their consent. The solution is to ask your partner to complete their profile. They can put your name as partner when they register, and you will be linked in the directory. If they do not wish to complete a Living Table profile and be in the Living Table directory, then that field does not apply to you. It is not asking whether you have a partner, only whether you have a partner to be linked within the Living Table directory.
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