You may have heard of upcoming GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) deadline that goes into force May 25th, 2018.
Basically, if you own a website and some of your visitors are in Europe, you need to be compliant by May 25th or you can face hefty fines! In a nutshell, GDPR is new legislation that focuses on how the private data of EU citizens is collected, stored, and used. This also covers the overall security of your website.
If you’re interested in the ins and outs of this legislation, please visit the resources we’ve included at the bottom of this post.
How This Applies To Your Website
Unless you’re specifically blocking European visitors, you’ll probably need to update your website, and soon.
Provide a Clear Consent
Make It Easy to Quit
If a user wants to be removed from your mailing list or no longer wants to be a member, you need to make it as easy for them to remove themselves as it was to sign up. Also, if a shopper hasn’t been on your website in years, they should be removed.
It’s also your responsibility to keep your user’s private information secure. This means installing an SSL certificate on your website (meaning your URL will start with “https”) and if your site is built with WordPress, that WordPress, the plugins, and themes are all updated on a regular basis. If your site is hacked, and your users’ information is stolen, you could be liable.
This article is not all inclusive. We’d encourage you to do additional reading and have included some GDPR links below if you’d like to read more.
Contact Us! We’re here to help you. We can update your site to be compliant.
We also offer a WordPress Update and Security Package to keep your site updated and secure. Additionally, we can install an SSL certificate for your website, which also helps your search engine visibility.
Here are some extra reading on the subject that we felt would help:
- How to make your website GDPR compliant
- The Ultimate GDPR Overview
- 9 Tips to Ensure Your Website is GDPR Compliant
- Is Your Website GDPR Compliant? How to Get Ready for the General Data Protection Regulations
- Checklist: Is Your WordPress Website GDPR Compliant?
- Google Privacy & Terms