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