The last couple of weeks I have been hearing only about GDPR. My inbox has been filled with subject lines requesting to accept this new beast from various websites. This flood of emails brought me the awareness that how many subscriptions have I signed up in the past years. It’s way too many people!
Since I have two blogs of my own, I too am required to make my sites GDPR compliant. Though it is mandatory only for the European Union if you have subscribers from the EU your website should be GDPR compliant, otherwise prepare to face the consequences. And we have time until the 25th of May 2018. That’s what I understood.
So, what is GDPR?
GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation and it is a new data protection law in the EU, which comes into force in May 2018.
The aim of the GDPR is to give citizens of the EU control over their personal data and change the approach of organizations across the world towards data privacy.
The GDPR applies to data collected about EU citizens from anywhere in the world. As a consequence, a website with any EU visitors or customers must comply with the GDPR, which means virtually all businesses that want to sell products or services to the European market.
The steps I have taken to be GDPR compliant
See, I am not a legal advisor. All these information I got from a dear blogger friend, Shailaja and from browsing the internet. I am sure Shailaja would come up with a much detailed tutorial on the whats and hows about GDPR. Below I am talking about what I did to make my sites GDPR compliant. If you have any more information please do share in the comment section.
- Added EU Cookie Law Banner widget – Jetpack has this new widget which can be used for both the self-hosted blogs and the WordPress hosted blogs. I added this widget to both my blogs – this one which is self-hosted and Void Thoughts which runs on WordPress.
- Update WordPress to version 4.9.6.
- Under settings, there is a new tab – Privacy
3. Installed WP GDPR Complaint plugin for self-hosted blogs – Once you do the necessary settings on this plugin a checkbox to confirm the user permission to store and handle the data will be displayed.
- Click on the settings of the WP GDPR compliance plugin under the installed plugins tab.
- Click on the Checklist tab on the WP GDPR compliance plugin. Below image shows my settings. Depending on the data you handle choose yes or no.
- Click on the Integration tab and choose Enable and Activate form wherever applicable and save changes.
So, these are the steps that I have taken to make my blogs GDPR compliant. Special thanks to Shailaja for all the timely help. 🙂