Are you GDPR Ready?

are you gdpr ready

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 Definition

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.

GDPR Aim

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:

WordPress

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.

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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:

  1. Log into your website
  2. Update to WordPress version 4.9.6 or above
  3. Click on the privacy item under the settings menu and
  4. Create or edit your privacy page.

 

Google

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?

That it is a part of the Google Analytics Terms of Service that you must include an appropriate Privacy Policy particularly the use of cookies?:

“You will have and abide by an appropriate Privacy Policy and will comply with  all

applicable laws, policies, and regulations ….You must post a Privacy Policy and that Privacy Policy must provide
notice of Your use of cookies that are used to collect data…. You must disclose the use
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”

WooCommerce

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/

 

Conclusion

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:

 

 

 

 

6 thoughts on “Are you GDPR Ready?

  1. Hello Ms. Allen, thanks for the heads up on GDPR. I had to go back to my website, and edit my Privacy Policy page. Everything should be great on my end. I hope that you continue to work hard on your site, and NEVER GIVE UP!!!

    1. Thanks Ahmad I’m delighted this was helpful sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know. this one is so important to know.

      Oh yes absolutely it is a passion to blog and support others like yourself on your online business journey

  2. Hey, thanks for the good read!

    I was actually recently attempting my Privacy Policy for my website so this has came in really handy for me!
    I will read through the WooCommerce link soon and include the Google link on my site soon, hopefully getting closer to becoming fully compliant.

    Well done on the good content and thanks for the knowledge and links

    1. My pleasure Stewart, delighted to hear it was helpful; what it is all about! One step at a time, you’ll get there

  3. Great article on GDPR. You raised quite a scary idea here about personal data.
    It’s already apparent that there are nefarious people out there trying to use our personal data to their advantage such as cybercriminals using ransomware. I wonder how much longer we will be able to keep our data under our control?

    1. Thanks for your comment and feedback. Yes that is an interesting question ‘how much longer will we be able to keep our data under our control’. I think it is a matter of maintaining our rights over our own data. As with all new ‘threats’ there is a period of time to work out how it all works in the context of all the existing technologies and data we already have. I guess this is a ‘watch this space’ kind of situation

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