European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
These new privacy protections taking effect on May 25, 2018, in Europe help ensure that companies such as yours operate in an accountable and transparent manner. The regulation places limits on the gathering and use of personal data. It provides a foundation for data protection by establishing clear responsibilities for companies that collect personal data and clear rights for people whose data is gathered.
Does this affect my business?
Likely, yes. As noted in Forbes, “Any U.S. company that has a Web presence (and who doesn’t?) and markets their products over the Web will have some homework to do.”
What should I do?
As a business owner, it will be your responsibility to ensure that your online business presence is GDPR compliant. To summarize, if you collect personal data or behavioral information from someone in an EU country, you are subject to GDPR regulations.
But, don’t fret. We’ve provided some information that will help you better understand GDPR and what it means for you.
Forbes has written a series of informative articles to help business owners better understand GDPR compliance.
ico. (Information Commissioner’s Office) has also produced an excellent guide to ensure GDPR readiness.
WordPress is ahead of the game, building GDPR compliance tools into future releases of the platform. While, as the business owner, it’s your job to ensure you are compliant, WordPress is striving to give you a helping hand.
WooCommerce created a six-part series for business owners on getting ready for the GDPR. If your website uses WooCommerce as an eCommerce solution, you should review these articles.
MailChimp has written some informative articles both about GDPR as well as tools they have put in place to help your MailChimp account, forms and campaigns stay in compliance.
- About the General Data Protection Regulation
- GDPR Tools are Here: Updated Forms, Improved Contact Management, and More
When in doubt, consult with your legal counsel to find out what you need to put in place to ensure you are GDPR compliant.
And, as always, if you need us, we’re here to help.