The New Compliance! What (I think) GDPR compliance means to you

The New Compliance! What (I think) GDPR compliance means for WordPress Websites in the USA.

There are new rules for internet privacy in Europe called General Data Protection Regulation that come into effect on May 25 2018. Any organization that holds or uses data on people inside the European Union is subject to the new rules, regardless of where is it based. Some experts say that GDPR can be enforced in the United States.

Im not a lawyer, but I think some common sense ideas and actions should ease any concerns you have about complying to GDPR rules for privacy. these rules apply to visitors to your website from the European Union.  Which includes
Austria, Italy, Belgium, Latvia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Croatia, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Malta, Czech,Republic,
Netherlands, Denmark, Poland, Estonia, Portugal, Finland, Romania, France, Slovakia, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, Spain, Hungary, Sweden, Ireland, and the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland)  Despite Brexit.

You’ve been seeing the allow or block pop up on websites for a while now as websites become more compliant with new privacy rules and standards. Also ,Websites are more prominently displaying a check box to ask you to agree to privacy statements by websites.  I’ve added this enhanced feature to this website, you now must check the box agreeing to my privacy policy to send me a contact email or use the shopping cart.

WordPress

WordPress assures us that they are working on their core website files and with plugins to make sure they are GDPR Compliant. Due to the open source nature of wordpress, this could be challenging. This makes being selective about what plugins you are using, deleting unused plugins  and staying on top of updates even more important. I have a simple monthly plan that solves update and website security issues and more.

Mail chimp has put together well written information about GDPR compliance and talks about how they will work with it.

I will also work on the privacy statement for this website.  I looked at website planet for help on these details.  Some experts suggest a separate privacy policy for EU visitors.

I added a request for data form to the privacy page.

GDPR check list for small word press websites in the USA.

Note: If your website is a simple blog or pages, which collects no information, never invites comments, and has no shopping feature, these details are Nice to haves.  

A Security certificate

this website displays this message, it has no security certificate. A security certificate costs from $5-$10 per month and is available thru your hosting company

 

 

 

A plugin that adds a check box that is an agreement of privacy policy
(im still testing plugins contact me for what I’ve found)
Google analytics to track traffic

Add a Privacy policy to your website and display a link to it prominently

Mention that you use google analytics in your privacy policy.
Tell People who you are! Websites that don’t give you any information about the company are suspicious.

If your business uses personal information be up front about it and allow for opt outs.

This article is not the complete or legal answer to GDPR. If you still have concerns about GDPR compliance for your website, Please get legal advice in your area or Jurisdiction.

Your privacy while surfing the internet.

I like Privacy Badger to protect some of my information.  However, it can be inconvenient to use. It may break your website views.

My Conclusion

Making your website compliant and ready for European visitors means doing the things that you probably should be doing anyway. If you have questions on securing your website against hackers, Accessibility or hippa compliance please contact me.   I also can make sure that your Website is technically operating well and set up for good SEO . If you are ready to have me get your website GDPR compliant get a GDPR tune up here.