General Data Protection Regulation

Most of us are aware of GDPR by now, but is your site compliant? If not, don’t worry, we can help you get there!

What exactly is GDPR?
On the 25th May 2018, a new EU regulation began to be enforced. This new regulation was the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR for short. GDPR seeked to improve the current levels of data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union.

It’s outlined as the following by the Information Commissioner’s Office:

“Organisations with less than 250 employees will not be required to appoint a data protection officer or maintain records concerning data use but ALL will be expected to be compliant to some degree.

In most cases this will mean updated and clarified Terms and Conditions and clear statements regarding the use of cookies, it may also require systems to comply with an individual's right to request clarification on information held, correct that information if necessary and to be erased or forgotten."


How does GDPR affect me?
You need to ensure your Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, and use of cookies are all compliant with the new regulations. You will need to inform all users of what data you intend to record, and give them adequate opportunity to decline.

You will also need to respect your customer’s right to be forgotten. At any time, one of your customers may either request a copy of the information you hold on them, or request you delete them entirely from your systems. You then have 30 days from the date of their request to comply, or you will be in breach of GDPR regulations.


How to become GDPR compliant
If you’re interested in becoming GDPR complaint, then we can help! The general points you need to address are the following:

  1. Personal Data
    Check if you're storing any data recorded from any forms to your server.
  2. Privacy Policy
    Update your Privacy Policy to comply with the new GDPR regulations.
  3. Cookie Policy
    Let users know which cookies you store, if any, and allow them to decline.
  4. Selling Online
    If users are buying through your site, you'll be storing their personal data. You need to be given their explicit consent, and let them know what data you'll be storing.
  5. Mailshot Subscriptions
    As with selling online, you'll be storing their personal data, you need to inform them of this beforehand.

We provide a website assessment where we will check through your site for you and give you a list of areas you need to address in order to comply with the new regulations. The assessment only costs £75.00, and doesn’t take long.

Once we’ve finished, we’ll send you a brief report which will outline what work needs to be done to meet the GDPR requirements. Don't worry, we can also carry out this work for you, with the cost depending on how much needs to be done.

If you're interested in our GDPR assessment, then fill out our contact form below, and one of our team will get back to you as soon as possible!

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