Calling all business owners, bloggers, online entrepreneurs!
Are you GDPR Ready?
You “Say what?!”
FA “You heard me are you GDPR Ready?”
You “What does GDPR stand for and what does it mean?”
GDPR is an ancronym for the General Data Protection Regulation in the European Union (EU) to protect the data protection and privacy of all individuals in the EU. Reference Wikipedia This was adopted on 14 April 2016 and enforceable on 25 May 2018.
The aim of the GDPR is maintain the rights of individuals over control of their personal data within and when exported out of the EU. This is an important regulation. We are at a time in history where we still have rights over the use of our own personal data. This is important to uphold and adhere too for the present and for future generations, particularly our young people.
Who does this apply too?
If you store any personal data whether it be in digital form or paper records for EU citizens thisapplies to you. Therefore this is a time to take action and make acomprehensive review of your privacy policies particularly on websites.
This is no time to put your head in the sand and hope it goes away. This is here to stay.
What do you do?
This may feel overwhelming initially however there are already a range of tools to help you become GDPR compliant. Many major companies have created tools, tips and check lists on what you need to do to become compliant:
If you have a WordPress website the most recent update includes a privacy menu under the settings menu. Here WordPress have provided a guide and a template you can begin with.
2 Points for Are You GDPR Ready?:
Firstly, if you are an online business and you may attract clients from the EU then you need to be compliant regardless of whether you are located in or out of the EU.
Secondly, you need to tailor the template to your business and website. This is not a one size fits all option. It all depends on what you provide and what services you use to provide them. Such as where your website is hosted, if you use google analytics, a email newsletter provider etc.
To find this guide and template:
- Log into your website
- Update to WordPress version 4.9.6 or above
- Click on the privacy item under the settings menu and
- Create or edit your privacy page.
Google has an online policies generator. This is a paid service for businesses and appears to be free for individuals however it is a questionaire therefore it is based on your personal circumstances. Find out more here
Did you know?
of Google Analytics, and how it collects and processes data. This can be done by
displaying a prominent link to the site “How Google uses data when you use our
partners’ sites or apps”, (located at www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners”
As a WooCommerce client, I was informed recently of how to become GDPR compliant through their email newsletter. Which I am very grateful to be walked through the process in such detail. Refer to their blog: https://woocommerce.com/2018/05/getting-ready-for-gdpr-ongoing-compliance/
I encourage you to review the GDPR requirements before it is enforceable from 25th May, 2018. Remembering remaining compliant is an ongoing process and needs to be reviewed regularly. You may introduce an annual review process for the GDPR requirements but also data protection laws from other countries such as United States of America and Australia.
I invite you to comment below on the steps you are taking to become GDPR ready: