By now, you’ve probably heard about GDPR. Facebook and various other services have been talking about GDPR for some time now. You probably also got a slew of emails with “updated privacy policies” from various services you don’t even remember joining. What is GDPR and how does it affect you?
GDPR or General Data Protection Regulation
In the simplest terms, GDPR is a regulation tightening the collection and use of personal information such as names, email addresses, and other information you may collect from your customers. This regulation is a regulation passed in the European Union, so its definition may not affect you much. However, if you have any customers or collect any information from individuals in the EU, you need to comply with GDPR standards.
I don’t do business in the EU. Should I do anything?
Yes. Even if you don’t do business in the EU, it still makes sense for you to clarify how you collect and use people’s data to cover all your bases. While we can’t be certain that the US will be following the EU in strengthening privacy rules, it’s always possible, and in cases like this it’s easier to just make your intentions clear rather than cough up fines or scramble to become compliant.
What should I do?
There are more specifics outlined in GDPR, such as notifying people in the instance of a hack. To read more about GDPR standards, we would suggest doing some research on what is expected of you if you collect information from individuals.
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- The ability to export any user or customer information from your website
- The ability to easily purge any user or customer information from your website
How have you geared up for GDPR? Are we missing anything? Let us know in the comments below!