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GDPR Compliance

How to make sure your website is GDPR compliant.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is on its way.  Are you ready?  Whatever industry you’re in and no matter how small or large your web presence, you’ll need to ensure that your website is GDPR compliant. And you’ll need our help.

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What is the GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.  It was designed to unify the data privacy rules throughout Europe.  The purpose being to ensure that all Citizens of the EU had a consistent level of protection and control of their own data privacy. The unification ensures consistency throughout the region.

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When will the GDPR be enforced?

The process of introducing the GDPR throughout Europe has taken almost four years.  It will be enforced and therefore become law throughout Europe on 25th May 2018. Despite the UK’s exit from the EU, the GDPR will still be enforced in full throughout the UK.

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How will it affect me?

The GDPR is not only about your own website - it will also apply to organisations located outside of the EU if they provide goods or services to, or monitor the behaviour of, EU data subjects. For instance, if your website is integrated with a third party software provider that’s located outside of the EU, that software and the provider will also need to be GDPR compliant for you and your business to ensure compliance.   Within the GDPR the conditions for consent have been strengthened, as companies will no longer be able to use long, illegible terms and conditions full of legalese.  The request for consent must be made in a clear, easily accessible form. Consent must be distinguishable from other matters and requested in plain language. It must also be as easy to withdraw consent. Explicit consent is required for processing all sensitive personal data.  What does this actually mean? Nothing short of “opt in” will suffice!

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What is meant by 'personal data'?

Personal data is any information that relates to a real person that can be used to directly or indirectly identify that person. Examples include photos, email addresses, bank details, posts on social networking websites, medical information, and computer IP addresses.  This means that tracking cookies which use identifiers such as IP addresses come under the definition of using personal data.

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What do I need to do?

Your first step should be to carry out a data audit of the personal data you manage and process. This will help you understand and identify all of your data processing points.  We suggest that you list them and consider the following for each:

  1. Why do you have the data?
  2. What are you using it for?
  3. How is it being stored?
  4. Do you still need the data?

If you are using a third party solution to process and manage data such as Mailchimp, Salesforce or Freshbooks, you will need to check their respective privacy policies and make sure that they are GDPR Compliant.

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How can Newedge help?

We can help you in many ways:

  • we can complete an audit for you to identify where changes will need to be made to ensure that you are GDPR compliant;
  • we can provide a report for you to pass to your own developer to make changes to your site to ensure compliance;
  • we can design and build you a brand new, fully compliant, content managed, mobile responsive website; and
  • we can provide a data encryption service to ensure that all your data is fully secure and your customer information is protected at all times.

The GDPR might seem frightening but at its core, the GDPR is about protecting people like us from the many operators on the web that don’t treat our data or identities with respect. The internet remains a highly unregulated space and the GDPR is a positive step towards protecting all of us on-line.   We are here to help you to ensure you’re adhering to a best practice approach and you have done what you need to ensure your business is GDPR compliant.

What to find out more?

Why not get in touch with us today and let us help you get GDPR compliant?  With the enforcement date just around the corner, don't waste time!

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GDPR Compliance

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