Do Not Take GDPR Lightly … Get GDPR Compliant Faster And Easier!
If you haven’t been busy hiding under a rock in some mountain you’ve already heard about GDPR.
GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is a new law passed by EU (European Union) that mandates every website to follow some requirements.
If you’ve logged in lately into any big-name website. Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Basecamp, Freshdesk… Everyone, yes, everyone has updated their Terms of service and have made changes to the website according to the requirements of GDPR.
I’ve received no end of emails from companies with updated policys and asking for new opt-ins.
So I decided to immerse myself and research this whole GDPR issue and see what it meant for website owners.
So, I got it sorted for my blog, using this EXCELLENT WP Plugin
If you are not sure what you need to do, then this covers the areas for your WP Blog.
GDPR does not require you to be a European citizen, or for you to be a European based business to find you guilty and impose a violation.
Nope, they can do it even if you’re located across the Pacific ocean and have absolutely no care what’s happening in France.
You don’t even have to sell anything to European customers.
If European people can surf your site (can you stop them?), you are liable to adhere to GDPR rules.
You can’t escape it either. Nope… Because like it or not, your country has a legal agreement about law enforcement with EU and all other larger countries. So you’ll have to face the consequences.
We could all do without this hassle, but it has to be done!
But, this EXCELLENT WP Plugin has made updating my WP blog a breeze.
Features of the WP GDPR Plugin:
It gives you Compliance on 7 Key GDPR Requirements and works with your blog or any other custom implementation of WordPress including e-com stores.
Just plug it in and set it up for faster GDPR compliance.
Info from the Plugin team:
“We’ll be honest. WP GDPR Fix is NOT enough for you if you have a 100% custom implementation of WordPress or you run a complicated piece of business that does a lot more than blogging, but it will take care of BIG CHUNKS of compliance requirements, making it easy for you to fill the rest!
If you're doing any of the following.
- Running a blog on WordPress with content on absolutely any topic.
- Running your corporate site on WordPress blog with content pages.
- Grabbing leads from your WordPress sites using any plugin or tool.
- Accepting comments and messages on your WordPress site.
- Running a basic E-com store on WordPress that’s using standard WP features.
Then WP GDPR Fix can really help you get compliant faster by filling in the bits that require the most amount of computation and coding work. It'll create the sections for you that will be very expensive and time consuming to re-create if you hired a team.”
Do you use WooCommerce?
If you have a website using woocommerce, as we do for our other business, then this is a fabulous article outlining some more detail you will need to look at:
This has given me much help!!
WordPress has added a template for you FREE in the Tools section of your site, so you do not need to pay for this one. You can then link that page into the plugin.
What about my email list?
Your email / autoresponder provider will have a guide about GDPR which will be accurate regarding the info the GDPR actually require. There is a lot of info I have read that is contradictory. So here are 2 excellent blogs by aweber, giving FACTS.
Do you REALLY Need To Be GDPR Compliant?
- If people from European union can visit and interact with your site, you need to be compliant.
- If people from EU can sign up as leads on your site, or give you their data in any other way, you need to be compliant.
- It doesn’t matter whether you sell anything to EU people or not. If they can access, you gotta be compliant.
Does GDPR Sound Like a Nightmare?
The worst (or best if you’re an end-user) is that it pins liability on businesses of all sizes. Not just giants like Facebook and Google, but really small players like me and you too.
There’s no escaping GDPR, we HAVE to confirm. There’s NO OPTION. Not if you want to stay in business.
Everybody has to take the journey to GDPR compliance, no matter how small you are, no matter how difficult it is, and no matter how much effort it takes. If you’re running a business that’s online, you’ll need to be GDPR compliant.
I have found everything I needed now, and trust you will find helpful info here if you are still researching your own updates to be compliant with GDPR.
Always best to follow Legal Requirements when it comes to your business!