The purpose of this article is not to provide all the details on what and why and the how-tos of getting ready for the implementation of the GDPR, General Data Protection Regulation, on May 25th, but rather to help you find the resources to help you understand and get prepared.
Besides that, with all the massive changes taking place in web security, a.k.a, Google forcing an SSL certificate, you can expect that the US and other countries will start to adapt regulations like the GDPR that Europe is now enforcing.
Who needs to be in compliance?
If your company resides in or works with customers in the European Union, you may be impacted by the new regulations.
This regulation is designed to protect the citizens of Europe, therefore any business, no matter where that business is headquarter, doing business with a EU citizen is required to comply.
- Webinar: All you need to know about the GDPR (US perspective) for WP Elevation (April 10th)
- Webinar: Help Scout, GDPR, And You (April 18th)
- Article: Yes, The GDPR Will Affect Your U.S.-Based Business
- Website: EUGDPR.org (all the details and FAQs)
If you’re looking for a online processor that is already in compliance with these privacy regulations, checkout Stripe.com.
What you need to know…the short
Alright, so there are quite a few parts and pieces to this regulation, but for an overview and the short and to the point of it, go to the eugdpr.org site and read the details on this page. However, I’ve given you an outline below.
The aim of the GDPR is to protect all EU citizens from privacy and data breaches in an increasingly data-driven world that is vastly different from the time in which the 1995 directive was established. Although the key principles of data privacy still hold true to the previous directive, many changes have been proposed to the regulatory policies; the key points of the GDPR as well as information on the impacts it will have on business can be found below.
- Increased Territorial Scope (extra-territorial applicability)
- Breach Notification
- Right to Access
- Right to be Forgotten
- Data Portability
- Privacy by Design
- Data Protection Officers
Resources around WordPress specifically
How I can help…
I would add there are two things you can do to add protection and privacy to your website and your visitors/customers. Have an SSL certificate and use Website Security. I’d even go so far as to say let me manage your websites for you to ensure they stay safe and secure.