56 stories
·
1 follower

Old Days 2

1 Comment and 12 Shares
The git vehicle fleet eventually pivoted to selling ice cream, but some holdovers remain. If you flag down an ice cream truck and hand the driver a floppy disk, a few hours later you'll get an invite to a git repo.
Read the whole story
Share this story
Delete
1 public comment
alt_text_bot
19 days ago
reply
The git vehicle fleet eventually pivoted to selling ice cream, but some holdovers remain. If you flag down an ice cream truck and hand the driver a floppy disk, a few hours later you'll get an invite to a git repo.
crazyscottie
19 days ago
FWIW, the comics and alt text are working for me on mobile. Is alt_text_bot still needed?
dukeofwulf
19 days ago
I like it. Even on desktop it's easier for me to read than the hover text.
AlexHogan
19 days ago
I like it too. Good Bot!
acdha
19 days ago
It’s a tradition at this point
steelhorse
19 days ago
For the longest time I couldn't finish my program because someone had misplaced the "blue" punch card.
9a3eedi
18 days ago
Whoever made this bot, I love you

Why Software Won’t Eat The World

1 Share
Make no mistake. The future will not be digital. The truth is that we still live in a world of atoms, not bits and most of the value is created by making things we live in, wear, eat and ride in....

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Read the whole story
Share this story
Delete

Does God ever really forget us? An investigation into the right to be erased and freedom of religion

1 Share

Countless Belgians have been baptised during their childhood, yet every year around a thousand Belgian citizens decide to annul their membership to the catholic church. Many have thus found their way to the annulment of their religious membership. However, can you also demand to be completely erased from God’s memory and parish registers relying on Article 17 GDPR? This is the question to which this blogpost aims to formulate an answer.

Model withdrawal form

To leave the catholic church is easy. All you need to do is fill in a model withdrawal form and send it to the diocese of the place where you were baptised. As effortless as this seems though, God does not forget about us easily. Those who were baptised in the catholic church received a so-called ‘indelible spiritual mark’ on their soul. Strictly speaking, you cannot really leave the church because baptism is a sacrament that cannot be undone. But then what does it mean to leave the church if you cannot undo your baptism?

Annotation next to your name

If you expressed the wish to cancel your membership, the diocese will make an annotation next to your name in the parish register. Religious disaffiliation is thus nothing more than a personal and symbolic act as you will not get erased from parish registers. However, didn’t Article 17 GDPR introduce the right to erasure?

The catholic church, subject to the worldly powers of the GDPR

It should be observed from the outset that religious organisations do not benefit from a specific exclusion of EU data protection law. Although the GDPR exempts ‘purely or household activities’, the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) made very clear in Jehovan Todistajat, as well as in Lindqvist, that this exemption will not apply to the processing activities conducted by religious organisations. Thus, the catholic church is bound by the GDPR and can be held accountable for how it handles personal information.

General prohibition of processing special categories of personal data

The personal data processed for the accomplishment of the baptism sacrament, and later enclosed in parish registers, concern sensitive personal data. Being qualified as such, the processing of personal data revealing religious beliefs is prohibited in general unless one of the exceptions applies.

In this vein, Article 9 GDPR allows churches and other bodies with a ‘religious aim’ to process sensitive data provided it meets a few criteria. The processing of the data needs to be (i) in the course of its legitimate activities, (ii) with appropriate safeguards, (iii) on condition that the processing relates solely to the members or to former members of the body or to persons who have regular contact with it in connection with its purposes and (iv) on condition that the data are not disclosed outside that body without the consent of the data subject.

Consent as the legal basis for processing

As the sacrament of baptism constitutes the act of admitting a person into the Christian church, it is often performed on young children and, because of their young age, they will not be able to give any informed consent. Therefore, parents need to complete a consent form for the processing of these data.

Nevertheless, one must conclude from this that the legal ground on which the processing relies, is consent as described by Article 6(1)(a) GDPR.

The right to erasure from parish registers

Because the processing of the personal data at hand relies on consent as a legal basis, one should be able to rely on Article 17 GDPR to ask for the erasure of the data concerning him or her. The consent form to be signed by the parents indicates as its purpose that it is necessary to be able to perform the sacrament of baptism, first communion, and confirmation. Because people leaving church revoke their consent and undoubtedly have no interest in undergoing other sacraments, they should in principle have the right to obtain from the catholic church the erasure of all their personal data.

The reaction of the church

Before the entry into force of the GDPR, the catholic church in Belgium stated in a FAQ that it could not be said what the right to erasure would mean in practice for the catholic church. However, when specifically asked for a reaction, the Belgian Catholic church responds by first stressing out their constitutionally protected freedom of religion.

Indeed, the right to data protection is not absolute. Most interestingly in this regard, is that the church indicates that the erasure of information enclosed in the parish register can be criminally prosecuted according to canon law. As opposed to the situation in the case of Jehovan Todistajat, in which the door-to-door proselytizing was in no way prevented by making it subject to the GDPR, to grant of a right to erasure concerning parish registers could hamper the catholic church from organising its religion.

Conclusion

To force the catholic church to grant a right to erasure could bring to the surface the interesting question whether, in this specific situation, the exercise of data protection rights amounts to an intolerable interference with the freedom of religion. One could call into question the necessity of applying the strict requirements under the GDPR and the consequences of doing so for the freedom of religion.

On the other hand, one may wonder if it is fair to not grant persons the right to erasure because of a religious law to which they cannot be bound and does not fulfill the requirement of foreseeability. Especially considering the sensitive character of the data at hand and the fact that they often did not consent themselves to the processing, but their parents.

It thus boils down to a balancing exercise between two fundamental rights, and we will have to wait for an action by an individual brought to a DPA to truly know what outcome this balancing exercise will bring.

The post Does God ever really forget us? An investigation into the right to be erased and freedom of religion appeared first on CITIP blog.

Read the whole story
Share this story
Delete

Mijn themawoord voor 2020

1 Share

Mijn themawoord voor 2020 wordt focus. Het ligt dicht bij aandacht en mindfullnes en dat wil het ook zijn: bewust kiezen waar mijn focus (doel) ligt.

Het bericht Mijn themawoord voor 2020 verscheen eerst op De Wereld van Kaat.

Read the whole story
Share this story
Delete

The Passing of a Rock Legend: Neil Peart Succumbs to Cancer at Age 67

1 Share
The Passing of a Rock Legend: Neil Peart Succumbs to Cancer at Age 67It is with profound sadness that we report the untimely passing of Neil Peart. Neil passed away on Tuesday, January 7th after a three and a half year battle with cancer.

The band made the following official statement earlier today:
It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and band mate of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer (Glioblastoma). We ask that friends, fans, and media alike understandably respect the family’s need for privacy and peace at this extremely painful and difficult time. Those wishing to express their condolences can choose a cancer research group or charity of their choice and make a donation in Neil Peart's name.

Rest in peace brother.

Neil Peart September 12, 1952 - January 7, 2020
It is hard to fathom the enormous loss Neil's passing presents to the world of music and to the legions of Rush fans the world over. He made his mark in his short time on this earth, and he will not be soon forgotten.

Rest in Peace, Neil. Thank you for a lifetime of music that will span the ages.
Read the whole story
Share this story
Delete

Neil Peart dies of brain cancer

1 Share

"Suddenly, you were gone
From all the lives you left your mark upon"
Never were those words more true than today, when we learned of the shocking passing of Neil Peart this past Tuesday, January 7th, after a three and a half year battle with brain cancer (Glioblastom).  Always fiercely private, he kept his illness a secret to all but a few.  In one of life's ultimate cruelties ("The Stars Look Down" indeed), Neil retired from drumming in 2015 only to be diagnosed with cancer a year later.  He leaves behind his wife Carrie and daughter Olivia.   Here's a collection of news items announcing his death and those that have come out to pay tribute to his loss.
Read the whole story
Share this story
Delete
Next Page of Stories