OK, folks - as promised I would let you know what I found out regarding the new privacy laws that seem to be upsetting the blogging world. I still don't understand it, despite doing a lot of extensive reading on the subject, but as near as I can gather it appears we are supposed to post a form of disclaimer on our blogs stating that we are not maliciously gathering private information from people. As if the majority of us are the least bit interested in such things, but the powers-that-be seem to think we should be.
So....it pretty much boils down to having to post something on your blog stating that fact and assuring people (who you KNOW aren't going to bother reading the information anyway....ahem) that we aren't out to stalk them.
If you check out the following link you will find a template that can guide you through what needs to be said (of course it has to be tweeked to suit your particular circumstances). Thank you Kim for finding this!!!!
PLEASE NOTE: I am unable to make this link 'live', so you will need to cut and paste it in order to view it.
I hope to have time this afternoon to tweek the template to suit my blog and will post it when I do.
As a further note, it appears upon checking the help forums on Blog-grrrr, that they are working on any further issues that have come up.
And, might I appeal to those of you who have your blog set to give you the ability to reply directly to comments ON your blog (without having to post a completely new comment), to give me some idea of what settings I need to use on my dashboard in order to allow that function? For the life of me I can't find it!!