I t seems that GDPR is all over the Internet today, and perhaps for a good reason.
The new regulation which taken force on May 28, 2018, has a significant impact on the way business owners must collect, process and handle personal information. Many people, are still not clear about what GDPR means exactly and what they need to do in order to comply with the new set of rules.
In our WordPress GDRP post series will we try to answer all these questions.

We will try to make things easier for you to understand and give you some tips on how to make your website comply with GDPR rules as quickly and easily as possible.

What is GDPR?

GDPR stand for General Data Protection Regulation. It creates consistent data protection rules across Europe and applies to all companies that process personal data about individuals in the European Union (EU).

In a nutshell

According to GDPR, users have complete control over their data, and you have to tell them why you need it. At which point, they can give the go-ahead and give you the data, or not.

As simple as it may sound, the reality is more complicated than that. In fact, the regulatory system of the European Union actually passed GDPR in 2016 just little over two years before it became in force. This two years gap was intended to allow businesses to adapt to new regulations and meet requirements.

Common GDPR perception mistakes

Before talking about the key principles of GDPR let’s get some common mistakes out of the way.

  1. GDPR say that you can’t process personal user information – Wrong. It simply states the required processes in order to process personal information of individuals living in the EU.
  2. Only companies operating in the EU are required to comply with The new regulation- Wrong. It doesn’t matter where you company is registered. If you are doing business with individuals living in the EU, you must comply with GDPR.
  3. GDPR is simply a set of policies – While not technically wrong, it is not enough to simply add privacy policy, and cookie policy to your site. The policies requires tools, and actions to be put in place in order to meet them. Simply publishing a privacy policy on your site, will not do…

WordPress and the GDPR

Almost 30% of all internet sites are built on WordPress. Therefore, it is clear that many business and website owners have a lot of house cleaning to do. User data goes back and forth between our sites and users, and according to to GDPR it’s up to the site owner to manage our sites in a way that allows users to manage their data. Again, keep in mind that even though this is a regulation passed by the EU, it affects every business who collect and process personal information about individuals living in the EU, which means almost every business.

Summary

The new GDPR regulation impacts all business and site owners how work in individuals living in the EU. It doesn’t say that you cannot process their personal information anymore, it simply states how you must do it, in a way that gives the power to the user.

WordPress is the most common content management system on the Internet today, and as a result site and business owners are required to take action and make sure they comply with the new regulation. In the next part of the series we will covered the key principles and actions that are needed to do just that. 

We invite you to check back with us next week for the second part, or simply subscribe to our Messenger Hub and we will send you the article as soon as it goes live!

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