GDPR – Where to find advice and what might need doing to your website

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The EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws come into force on the 25th of May 2018. These wide ranging laws will affect your business and how you process data – which often involves your website and other marketing systems.

What is it?

GDPR is an evolution of the Data Protection Act and aims to ensure customer/client data is kept safe and that they have more control over how it’s used.

When does this happen?

The GDPR comes into effect on the 25th of May, next Friday.

What do you need to do?

You’ll need to work out what your business needs to do to comply with the key points of the new regulations and then make any changes required around data collection, data processing and data security.

Quick wins can include emailing any lists of email addresses you have collected to ask them to confirm their subscriptions, updating your website privacy policy and terms and adding explicit consent tick boxes to your website forms.

Where to find advice

The source: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/

You may need legal advice to make sure your business complies with these regulations.

WordPress

New GDPR features built in to the latest version of WordPress: https://wpengine.com/blog/wordpress-4-9-6-what-you-need-to-know/

WooCommerce

https://woocommerce.com/gdpr/

https://woocommerce.com/2017/12/gdpr-compliance-woocommerce/

https://coderex.co/making-your-gdpr-compliant-woocommerce-website/

Mailchimp

https://kb.mailchimp.com/accounts/management/about-the-general-data-protection-regulation

Google Analytics

https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/google-analytics-opt-out/

https://privacy.google.com/businesses/compliance/#?modal_active=none

Misc

https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/tips-tricks/how-to-make-your-websites-gdpr-compliant

https://www.hubspot.com/data-privacy/gdpr/product-readiness

https://www.01agency.co.uk/the-ultimate-guide-to-gdpr/

How We Can Help

  • Adding opt-out to Google Analytics on your WordPress website
  • Adding opt-in tick boxes to your WordPress contact forms
  • Adding links to privacy policies, Ts & Cs etc to your website
  • Keeping your website software up to date to help avoid data breaches
  • Installing SSL to your website to increase security

Things We Can’t Help With

As we’re web designers and not lawyers, there are sadly some parts of this we can’t help with:

  • Legal advice on what you need to do
  • Assessing whether your website or business will be compliant or not
  • Providing text for your privacy policies, terms etc.

Need Some Help Making Your Website Compliant?

As you can imagine, we’re close to capacity with client work, GDPR related requests and ensuring our own systems are GDPR compliant. With this in mind we’ll aim to get things done as soon as possible for you if you need any help, but can’t guarantee availability before the 25th.

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