[openstreetmap/openstreetmap-website] Permalinks break when user changes their display name (#482)

Simon Poole notifications at github.com
Fri Dec 8 09:47:48 UTC 2017

Likely scenarios for a GDPR regime are those in which we distribute far less meta data to the general public and make it substantially more involved to link edits to a specific individual and create profiles from both the meta data and the individuals edits.  A minimal reductions could be removing display names from the publicly available data (I doubt that would be enough, but right now we are discussing "what ifs"). Linking to the user accounts in a form in which would easily make the display name . uid relationship visible to the general public, would naturally make such a removal of meta-data in the data pointless, potentially forcing our hand to remove it completely.

@Zverik the argument applies to whosthat in a similar fashion.

@zerebubuth you can be fairly sure that github et al have groups busily working on the consequences of the GDPR for them. Github naturally doesn't distribute versioned dumps of all repos publicly, so has less of an issue.

https://gdpr-info.eu is a good resource for the actual GDPR text.

This is a bit the wrong issue for a general GDPR consequences discussion. I'll open a separate one asap.

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