GDPR signThere are always moments in a business when something ‘big’ or ‘different’ happens. Take the new legislation that came into effect in May 2018 about data capture, use and privacy – called GDPR.

GDPR affects all business, no matter how big or small.  We all need to comply.

In the spirit of one-step-ahead, VALady invested in becoming a Certified GDPR VA.  I’ve been able to help our existing clients ensure they are legally compliant, and I can do this for future clients too.

We understand the basis for consent and help businesses to make sure that they are GDPR compliant.

GDPR and Your Website

Your website can be accessed by EU residents and therefore, you need to familiarise with GDPR rules and make sure that your website is compliant. If not, you could potentially face a substantial fine as the General Data Protection Regulation compliance date was May 25, 2018.

The following are a few aspects to consider:

  • What data is your business collecting on your website?
  • Do your website use cookies, contact forms or newsletters?
  • Are policies and procedures GDPR compliant?
  • How are you informing your visitors how long their personal data will be retained?
  • How does a business practically apply the necessary options required on the website?

Depending on the size of your business and the data you collect, business owners should seek the appropriate level of professional advice.

GDPR and WordPress Core

WordPress have taken GDPR very seriously and have focused on privacy enhancements and bringing in GDPR tools.

The core features have now been integrated, you can read more detail about the features in this article Read GDPR Going into WordPress Core

Positive Opt-Ins for Commenting – Optin to obtain consent on comments to retain data.

Privacy Policy Templates – A privacy policy generator with templates which users can edit and add relevant information according to their business.

Data Management Features – Data is available for download or to delete entirely at a user’s request.

Plugins Add More Options – A number of popular WordPress plugins have added GDPR compliant features to plugins such as contact and subscription form creators, statistics and analytics trackers, shopping carts and payment portals, and email marketing managers.

If you still need to make your website compliant, work with your web designer or developer to implement the technicalities that you your website needs to ensure compliance.

If you need any help with your website GDPR implementation, then get in touch today and I would be more than happy to have a conversation with you.

Related blog post: Why GDPR matters

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