GDPR compliant blog

I’ve seen many blogs that are NOT GDPR compliant, although the GDPR law has been implemented on May 25th, 2018.

My suspect is that bloggers beyond the EU simply presume they don’t need to be compliant.

Those bloggers are wrong.

GDPR compliance is required of any blog that has traffic from European Union nations.

It doesn’t matter whether your blog collects user information or if you sell products on your site; if your site uses cookies (which it does), you are responsible for GDPR.

Here are some of the methods you could be collecting user data that you might not have thought about.

  • Visitors are permitted to subscribe to your WordPress blog.
  • Website visitors are permitted to post comments on your WordPress blog.
  • You gather names and email addresses via Aweber or other autoresponder service.
  • Your blog has a forum or bulletin board.
  • Google Analytics was installed to monitor traffic and audience behaviour.

In the minimum, you monitoring visitors and should be building an email list!

What happens in case your site in not GDPR compliant?

Violators of the GDPR could be fined up to $20 million or up to 4.

OK, while it is unlikely you’ll be fined $20 million (approximately $22.66 million US) tomorrow, wouldn’t it put your mind at ease to just comply with and avoid risking a fine?

If you comply with GDPR and that compliance to safeguard visitor data is obvious you’ve established an element of confidence from the outset!

How to make your site GDPR compliant

Your blog has to clearly disclose any data collection and the reasons for this information collection, to be GDPR compliant. It must state if it’s shared with third parties outside the EEA and how long the information will be retained.

That might seem hard to work out and do, however, it is really very simple.

First, you’re going to need that a Privacy Policy page. WordPress can help you set up one, When you haven’t already created one. Just go to Settings > Privacy into your WordPress Administration panel, and in the bottom of the page, then you’ll see the next paragraph:

Need help putting your new Privacy Policy page together?  Have a look at our manual for recommendations on which content to add, together with policies indicated subject and by your own plugins.

‘Check out our manual’ will be connected to suggested text to your privacy policy.

Next, you’ll want to set up and a’cookie approval’ plugin. That plugin makes it simple for the visitors to view and take the tracking cookies and conditions of usage of your blog. The GDPR Cookie Consent plugin was set up by me from my WordPress Administration panel.

To customize the look and hyperlinks, I went through all the links and tabs from the plugin, altering the message that would show up in the cookie bar, chose the colors I wanted and linked to my Privacy Policy below”Customize Buttons” and also the”Read More Connect”.

GDPR Cookie Law Plugin Settings

After doing that, all I did was check the site to ensure that the plugin worked it had been!

GDPR cookie bar example

NOTE: Just installing the plugin won’t automatically make your blog GDPR compliant but it is a good step in the ideal direction. For more information about compliance, check out the following resources:

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