Europe: GDPR is here and still many business owners, bloggers and internet users are confused about its implications. Here’s what the General Data Protection Regulation means and what we can expect from it.
Summary: 5 Minutes read, Level: Advanced
May 25, 2018, marked one of the biggest changes in the Internet in terms of data protection. GDPR, or the General Data Protection Regulation, came into force. Let’s see what it is, who it applies to, and what bloggers and site owners can expect from it.
The General Data Protection Regulation requires businesses that have users or clients from the European Union to protect their data and privacy.
GDPR is pretty strict and now that it’s finally into effect, site owners are taking it seriously. It was something they could prepare for in advance, but the real action started happening in the last few months and weeks prior to the new regulation being adopted in May 2018.
GDPR applies to organizations in the European Union, but also those outside of it doing business with people residing in one of the EU member states. A few things are required from those businesses. For a start, they need to allow their website visitors to accept sharing their personal data and be aware that this is happening while they are using the website.
You shouldn’t assume that GDPR isn’t taken seriously in the US. In fact, were expected to spend anywhere from $1 to $10 million to meet the requirements of the new regulation. Let’s see what steps you need to take in order to comply.
GDPR helped many bloggers and business owners to simplify the way they do business in general. Often, we’ve been working with third parties in the past but forget to remove their tracking code from our platform.
Things like that weren’t necessary to be taken into consideration until now. But as GDPR became stricter with the new regulations added to the law, we can all take a closer look at the transactions. Improve user experience more by making visitors feel safe. Collect only the data we actually need for marketing purposes and customizations.
Now that you know what GDPR stands for, what its main requirements for businesses working with EU individuals are, and what steps you must take to protect the privacy of those visiting your website, you can take measures and ensure you’re compliant. Be aware that the information in this article should not be taken as legal advice!