Prepare your website for GDPR
What is GDPR?
New regulations concerning data protection are coming into force in May this year with massive penalties for non-compliance.
On Friday, 25th May 2018, the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will come into effect. As GDPR is mainly a legal matter, we’d highly recommend speaking to your solicitors regarding the changes. Whilst GDPR’s reach is far wider than your website alone, here are some of the key points that may affect your website and the possible solutions.
Examples of how websites can collect data include use of; Google Analytics, Contact Forms, E-Commerce, Newsletter Sign-Ups etc.
Another important note is that you can no longer have automatic opt-ins for newsletters, there must be explicit consent to join. If you have a pre-existing list that you cannot prove gave you this consent, you may need to ask them before the GDPR date to confirm they wish to opt-in, or after this date you cannot email them.
Some information collected is not collected in the form of data inputted, but in cookies. We’ve detailed one way of finding which ones your website used below.
In order to check which cookies your website uses, you can use Developer Tools on browsers such as Google Chrome.
If you’re using Windows and Google Chrome – press Ctrl + Shift + I to turn on Developer Tools
When Developer Tools is open, click the Application tab then on the left Cookies and under that your website address.
A list of all cookies on that page will be generated. It’s important to go on all pages of your website as some pages may have different features, using different cookies. If you have a login section on your website that customers can access, you will need to remember to analyse these pages and the My Account pages etc.
How we can help with GDPR
If you do not currently have a maintenance plan we have to bill on an hourly basis for this or if you do have a maintenance plan, we will work up until your allocated hours and then bill thereafter. Using the Cookie Tool above you should be able to access all the information you need yourself so us helping you with GDPR is not at all mandatory and just an additional service we offer.
We can also check the compliance of all plugins associated with your website, though some of the larger ones are still working out GDPR themselves and we may have to wait a while for official information from them. Any plugins that are no longer compliant may need to be revisited.
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