Administrator Altostrata Posted May 14, 2011 Administrator Share Posted May 14, 2011 (edited) ADMIN NOTE Since this site was started in 2011, we have held to the highest standards to protect the privacy of our members. The staff goes to great lengths to assure our members are protected by a pseudonymous screen name that cannot be traced back to their real identities. When the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was issued in April, 2016, the postings on SurvivingAntidepressants.org were already in compliance due to their being pseudonymous. All of your activities on SurvivingAntidepressants.org are pseudonymous. Other than the postings on the Web site, we retain very little of what the GDPR calls "identification data", only your e-mail address, which might be a pseudonymous e-mail address you create for this purpose, in order to verify your account, enable you to log in, enable you to recover your password, and to send occasional notices, if you opt in to receiving e-mail messages from SurvivingAntidepressants.org. This is permitted by GDPR Article 6. We do not use your e-mail for any other purpose, particularly marketing. We do not record real name, address, or age. Divulgence of gender and location is voluntary. The pseudonymous background health information we require upon registration is held in a secure database. Your IP address is recorded by the software, but is also pseudonymous and cannot be traced to you personally. No one but the administrators and occasionally, technical support personnel, have access to the database of information. The GDPR allows that pseudonymous material may be retained for a good reason, which we set out in our site mission: peer support, documentation, and education of withdrawal symptoms and withdrawal syndrome caused by psychiatric drugs. The site registration process clearly states that member narratives are collected for research purposes. Therefore, the GDPR does not require deletion of this pseudonymous material upon request. The European Data Protection Supervisor explains GDPR exemption of pseudonymous data here. Quote The GDPR refers to pseudonymisation as an example of an appropriate data protection safeguard in many circumstances, such as: when assessing the lawfulness of processing based on compatible purposes; when embedding data protection by design in an IT tool’s infrastructure and development; a measure to secure personal data; a safeguard in a code of conduct, a safeguard for processing activities that occur for archiving purposes in the public interest, or for scientific, statistical or historical research purposes. SurvivingAntidepressants collect personal data that is pseudonymous as both "a measure to secure personal data" and "a safeguard for processing activities that occur for archiving purposes in the public interest, or for scientific, statistical or historical research purposes". This site's mission is to support people suffering from withdrawal and withdrawal syndrome, to document cases, and to educate the medical establishment. Each and every person's testimony about medication history, symptoms, and recovery is extremely valuable to accomplish this mission. It is important that these case histories stay intact, particularly in the Introductions and Success Stories forums. Much of this information is viewable from the Internet and can be found via Google and other search engines. People who are suffering from withdrawal or withdrawal syndrome are reassured when they see others have traveled the same road, and learn from them. Without the information you post about your experiences, they would not be able to find this site. These stories are documentation of a problem that probably injures thousands if not millions of people all over the world, yet is mainly ignored or denied by the psychiatric industry. If we band together, we can bring this to the attention of the international medical establishment, and stop the suffering of more adults and even children. Many posts on this site contain deeply personal information. You may feel uncomfortable about telling too much about yourself. These are the ways your confidences are protected: - Your identity on this site is protected by your pseudonym. If you have chosen a good screen name, no one can figure out who you are unless you post identifying information. (If you have accidentally chosen a screen name that is recognizable to those who know you in real life, send staff a personal message with a different screen name for substitution. Otherwise, read this about changing your screen name We very rarely delete accounts or all a member's posts. See If you wish to close or delete your account. Please do not make unnecessary work for me or any member of the staff.) - You decide how much about yourself to disclose. Those who read this site cannot put the pieces of your identity together unless you post fairly specific information. Moderators will edit a post at the request of the poster if he or she has inadvertently posted identifying information. We will not edit posts to change grammar or choice of words. - Unregistered Internet guests, including search engines, cannot read the member list or member profiles. Your profile is visible only to site members. Even the geographical location you put in your profile cannot be seen by Google, or by an unregistered guest visiting the site. - Only those who are invited or who have the same troubles as you find their way here. While it may seem that this site is highly visible, it is only a tiny, tiny planet, maybe even an asteroid, in the immensity of the Internet cosmos. Guests reach this site by searching on terms such as "antidepressant withdrawal." No one will find your posts here unless he or she is also looking for information about antidepressant withdrawal syndrome. Unregistered guests have the same problems you do. Many of us feel ashamed we asked for medication and took medical advice that turned out to be wrong. There is no reason to blame yourself. Every person on this site -- except for the few who were forcibly medicated -- trusted their doctors and made choices based on what they thought was good advice. Forgive yourself and join us in supporting, documenting, and educating.Given all the above, disclose as much as you feel comfortable disclosing on this site. It's up to you as to how much you want to reveal for the greater good. Edited March 9 by Altostrata updated This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner. "It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has surpassed our humanity." -- Albert Einstein All postings © copyrighted. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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