A Discourse forum was reportedly just “attacked” by someone posting a GDPR “troll” request: asking for 999 999 things the requester likely doesn’t care about — instead, his/her only purpose is, fairly likely, just to cause troubles for the forum owner. The forum owner got worried and decided to shutown the Discourse forum:
What if Discourse looked at the troll email, and created a standard response + instructions to Discourse forum admins, about how to reply to these requests? I imagine that with a standard response to this standard troll request, it’d take the forum staff maybe 10 minutes to reply to the request?
The troll apparently just copy-pasted a long example text, written by some lawyer who had in mind to help companies prepare themselves against GDPR requests. The example text was a worst-case-example of what could happen, and then the trolls started broadcasting it for real to different places. A copy-paste standard request = a copy-paste standard response makes sense?
Here someone wrote about how to reply to the troll email — but s/he didn’t actually write a reply. Maybe that’s what the Discourse team could do? (because for people who just install Discourse, without knowing much about GDPR or Discourse technically, it’s going to be a bit hard to write that reply) : So Your Startup Received the Nightmare GDPR Letter · Jacques Mattheij
And here’s (one of?) the GDPR troll request(s): (which wasn’t intended as a troll thing, but … that’s how the trolls started using it) : https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/nightmare-letter-subject-access-request-under-gdpr-karbaliotis/
(If all this seems like a good idea, maybe contact the Drone forum owner before he has deleted the forum?)