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  • #432227

    justmark
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    I notice this function has been removed. How is the “Send to Friend” function against the GDPR? I am not understanding this. It is more convenient than copying the link to an email. Because the email is unsolicited?

    #432230

    Guust
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    It allows one person to share the email address of another person I guess, without the consent of that other person. The other person never can give consent.
    And it creates an email not sent by the “friend” but by the website, putting the website in potential breach if the recipient is a EU resident.

    Thanks

    #432232

    justmark
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    Crap. That was a useful function. Technically any email I send to someone is sent without their consent. I wonder if it would be possible to have the email sent though the website but from the registered user sending it. ie the user sending it would have to be logged in and the sending email address was the user’s address?

    #432247

    Alex Rollin
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    I wonder if it would be possible to have the email sent though the website but from the registered user sending it. ie the user sending it would have to be logged in and the sending email address was the user’s address?

    This is not feasible.

    I simpler solution is a mailto link that leaves the choice up to the user.

    #432257

    justmark
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    Agreed. This puts the user in control of whether they want to see the communication or not.

    In addition I would make the “Send to Friend” feature an option in the GD Details Setting page. “Enable Send to Friend Yes/No?” If the setting is set to “Yes” then give the option “Make Send to Friend available only to registered users?” so that the feature is not visible to non-registered users if set.

    The GDPR is about having control of your data. Your suggestion does that for the user and for those site owners who want to remove all risk and doubt, they don’t have to enable the feature at all which gives them that control.

    In my opinion this is much better than just completely removing the feature from GD.

    #432431

    Stiofan O’Connor
    Site Admin
    Post count: 22954

    It is not GDPR compliant and i can’t think of a way to make it GDPR compliant.
    It was already removed from GDv2. There are many share plugins that can be used to replace it which can use many different options including a direct email which are far more appropriate.

    Thanks,

    Stiofan

    #432448

    justmark
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    Post count: 375

    Hi Stiofan. True enough. I had been thinking about this and most probably people tend to share via social media over email anyhow. Good call.

    #434147

    Craig W
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    Post count: 22

    It’s not pretty, but it is a workaround / solution to the GDPR issues with share with a friend.
    Simply do not send the email from the website; instead, have the visitor send it directly.

    Make the Send-to-a-Friend a standard html “mailto:” link that opens the visitor’s default email client to compose / send the email. Does not the mailto: link can include specific attributes for to: cc: subject: body: ?

    This may not provide “ideal” functionality, but it should provide a useful workaround.

    Thoughts?

    Craig W.

    #434208

    Stiofan O’Connor
    Site Admin
    Post count: 22954

    Hi Craig,

    That can be done in many ways and does not need to be part of the core functionality of GD.

    Stiofan

    #434247

    Craig W
    Expired Member
    Post count: 22

    Quite true.
    Thanks Stiofan

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