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Just got an email

You must consent to continue showing your profile publicly in order to participate in the SAP Community as of May 25, 2018.

To do this, Please click your profile picture in the header and go to the 
Account Settings from the dropdown menu, 
Scroll down to a new category called Privacy Settings.
Enable your public profile display by clicking the Edit Privacy Settings link, then        selecting the green "Allow" button.

Can't find anything like that here. This is the only SAP (please come back Sybase) community that I know of, or am I missing something?

asked 28 Mar '18, 18:01

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edited 03 May '18, 03:57

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Volker Barth

FWIW, I am active part of the SAP Community (besides this forum), but have not yet received such a mail...

(29 Mar '18, 07:50) Volker Barth

Dear SAP,

an official information whether the mentioned action is relevant for the current forum would still be appreciated.

(11 Apr '18, 03:47) Volker Barth
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Apologies for our silence. We are in discussions on what implications GDPR has for this forum and will post here once we decide what needs to change, if anything.

(11 Apr '18, 09:53) Graeme Perrow

The changes to the forum to will be minimal and have already been completed. They are:

  1. A new FAQ question / answer on how to remove all of your personal information has been added. Note that accounts cannot be deleted, but you can remove most of the personal information yourself. If you want to remove all of it, including your email address, you need to email the forum administrator who can help you. Once this is done, your account will be “anonymized” and you will not be able to log in again.
  2. When a new forum account is created, the user must check a checkbox acknowledging that all posting and profile data are public.
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answered 02 May '18, 21:18

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As usually well done, particularly when compared to the SCN approach... :)

(03 May '18, 01:27) Volker Barth

FWIW, here's a link to the SAP Community note. According to that, any user profile not updated before the particular date will result in a "guestification" of the user's contribution. In my understanding the postings will be attributed to a "Former member", and the user profile will be hidden...

Therefore I hope that this does not apply to the current forum. - Imagine the great contributions by experts like Glenn, Ivan or others would be flagged as anonymous, and you could no longer access their profile to find their many answers but would need to find those via searching for keywords, tags or the like.

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answered 03 Apr '18, 09:40

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edited 03 Apr '18, 16:05

This suggests to me that they already show your profile publicly. Given that the deadline is May 25, 2018 I'd say they are requesting your explicit consent due to GDPR legal requirements which will affect all businesses worldwide who wish to do business in Europe.


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answered 28 Mar '18, 18:10

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I get the gist of the verbiage - but does that apply to this forum?

(28 Mar '18, 18:12) gchq
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It applies to all storage and processing of personal data. It's a good thing -- companies now need your explicit consent and it gives you the right & ability to control your own personal data. Without explicit consent, companies are forbidden to store or process your personal data. Any violation faces huge fines: 20 million euros or 4% of your annual revenue, whichever is greater. Expect to see this sort of thing from all companies in the very near future wherever your personal data is involved.

(28 Mar '18, 22:59) John Smirnios

John, are you sure the notification itself applies to our forum here?

I would have thought the SAP Community is that different one. The user management may be related because of SSO.

For anyone: Note that according FAQ there...

(29 Mar '18, 01:02) Volker Barth
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That particular email probably applies to the other forum you mention. I don't know if anything will or needs to be done about this one. I'm no GDPR expert -- I'm just offering GDPR as a likely motivation for the email that gchq received.

(29 Mar '18, 05:16) John Smirnios

Yeah, according to the mentioned blog there GDPR is the cause of that change.

To clarify: The mail mentions GUI elements which actually are part of the SAP Community's profile management.

(29 Mar '18, 07:48) Volker Barth

FWIW I followed the link in the email, and the instructions in the email, and it took me right to the "Allow" box it wanted me to check.

(29 Mar '18, 08:44) Breck Carter
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