What is GDPR ?
General Data Protection Requirement
Protecting Your Visitors Personal Data Is Now More Critical Than Ever
On May 25, 2018, new regulations will go into place that pertain to data collection. Here’s the gist:
In the simplest terms, what GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) does is protect users from unauthorized data collection by requiring explicit consent.
If data is being collected and stored, the individual providing the information needs to be aware of it and give permission before any action is taken.
Along with providing permission to collect data, the GDPR requires that users are able to request access to their data and have it removed if requested.
May 25th, 2018 is the deadline to comply and no one is exempt.
But I Am In The US ?
Isn’t this just a European Union problem ?
No Definitely Not.
If anyone from a European Country has access to your site, or has ever accessed your site, you need to protect their personal information.
This also affects visitors who are here from European Countries and using their phones, mobile devices, or laptops to access your site and could possibly contact you and supply their name, email address, phone number, and other info.
The bottom line is this… Your site has a contact form. If anyone from the EU has accessed your site and filled out your contact form, your site has collected their personal information along with the IP address and stored it on the site control panel, and also emailed it to you.
One of our clients is a Global ISO Certification Company
with clients in the EU
They have reported to us that this is real, the fines are real, and if you’re thinking that they wouldn’t bother small US companies, beware! …they will be using the small companies as an example so you’ll start seeing US NEWS headlines like:
“Thousands of US Companies Fined by the EU for Data Protection Violations”
READ A FORBES ARTICLE ON GDPR AND US BUSINESSES
What Happens If I Do Nothing ?
The Fines are Steep.
Can They Really Enforce Fines for US Companies ?
Read How the EU Can Fine and Enforce US Companies and How Much
The Solution is Simple
We add 3 things to your site:
1. Add a checkbox to your contact forms to allow visitors to acknowledge they know they are sending you their personal data.
3. Allow your visitors to request to have their personal data deleted from your records.
– This update requires a small amount of coding, adding a few plugins, keeping them up to date, and testing.
SEE IT IN ACTION
View how the new contact form and data-management form would look on your site:
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GDPR UPDATE PRICING:
BASIC IMPLEMENTATION: $265
– as shown in example for basic contact form
ENHANCED IMPLEMENTATION: $375
– includes double-opt-in email confirmation on form submissions
HAVE YOUR SITE UPDATED TODAY!
Summary and Disclaimer
We hope we’ve clarified things a bit for you on making your forms GDPR compliant. If you have any additional questions, feel free to reach out to support. Of course, for specific details on the legal requirements, it’s always best to talk to a lawyer.
This proposed solution and implementation above has been created as a result of best-practices information provided by WordPress Developers on implementing the minimum GDPR Compliance Requirements. Since we are not the GDPR Governing body, nor are there any testing tools available to ensure compliance, we assume no liability for subsequent actions against you or your company by the GDPR Governing Agencies, their agencies, or their subsidiaries.