GDPR FOR WEBSITE OWNERS

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GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation, it is a rule that governs how business deal with peoples personal data., in the way they collect and store information of their clients.
This ruling comes into for on 25th May 2018.

Who needs to comply with GDPR?

So who does this affect?
It affects any business that operates within the EU even though we are coming out of the EU which handles and stores personal information . Breaking the rules can result in fine of up to 4% of a companies annual turnover and it doesn’t matter how small your business is you have to adhere to the new ruling.

What does GDPR do?
 
It gives the right for people to access their personal information, amend it, delete it or transfer it if its held on companies system whatever that is.
Companies have to gain consent to hold this information and then save this consent.

What does GDPR mean for website owners?

This means website owners will need to give a clear privacy policy that explains what information is stored and how it is stored.
it needs to explain the process to gain access to what information is held about them and of course how they can request you delete any information held about them.

HERE IS A GDPR CHECKLIST OF WHAT TO DO

1/ Think about all the data you do collect. This can be through enquiry forms, email marketing, and details required for quotations and even for invoicing.
2/ Where is your data stored?
Does your website enquiries go into a database , if so make sure its encrypted. If you have an commerce website then data about orders will be stored within the websites admin usually so make sure this is secure.
3/ Create a privacy policy and make sure this gives the users all the information that the ruling requires. In turn make the privacy policy clearly visible on your website.
4/ Make sure your website has an SSL certificate. An SSL certificate encrypts the pages and goes towards GDPR because even an enquiry form on a website gathers information and this will need to be secure.
5/ Make sure you know what to do if a data leak happens, maybe have someone responsible if this does happen.

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