Today, we rolled out a major update for Hoop.la that finishes off the last of our GDPR-related feature additions. GDPR regulations become enforceable on May 25, 2018. Whether you are subject to GDPR regulations or not, we highly recommend that all community sites consider adopting the GDPR-specific features that we have been adding.
1. Disable IP Tracking
Super admins can now disable all user IP tracking in Hoop.la. When enabled, the system will no longer collect/store IP addresses for users. That also means, of course, that you will not be able to search for users based on their IP addresses, nor perform any other IP-related features.
Note that when you disable IP tracking, you also agree to remove all previously collected IP address information.
You'll find this new setting in the Member Settings control panel.
2. Allow Members to Revoke Agreement to Your TOS
One of the requirements of GDPR is that you allow your registered members to revoke their agreement to your terms anytime. Hoop.la now supports this in the Registration Settings control panel.
If a member revokes agreement to your terms of service, we treat them like deactivated members. They will not be deleted and they come back and re-activate later.
3. Allow Members To Download All Profile Information
GDPR also requires that users be allowed to download their personal data at anytime. Hoop.la now supports this on the member's "Update Profile" page.
4. Allow Members To Delete All Of Their Content
We previously added support for allowing users to delete their own accounts. Now, we have enhanced that option by allowing users to optionally delete all of the content they posted, when they decide to delete their accounts.
In Member Settings, if you enable the option to allow members to delete their own accounts, you will now see a sub-option to allow them to delete their content at the same time.
5. Optional Descriptions Per Profile Field
Another element of GDPR is to explain to users why you are collected information from them. To support that, we have added support for optional descriptions for all profile fields (including custom profile fields). This way, you can clarify the reason for collecting each profile element, if you like.
As usual, there were other minor big fixes and improvements in this release.
If you have any questions or comments, please let us know on our support site.