GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. It covers data protection and privacy for all individuals in the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), and exports of personal data to other EU and EEA countries.
Despite the GDPR regulation being implemented on May 25, 2018, many blogs are not GDPR-compliant.
I suspect that bloggers from outside the EU assume they don’t have to comply with GDPR.
These bloggers are wrong.
Any blog with visitors from the European Union is required to comply with GDPR.
These are just a few of the many ways you could be collecting user information that you might not have thought about.
Subscribers can subscribe to your WordPress blog. Visitors can also post comments to your WordPress blog. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.
You should at the very minimum, be creating an email list and tracking your visitors to your blog using Google Analytics.
What happens if your website is not GDPR-compliant?
Violators of the GDPR could be subject to fines up to EUR20 Million or 4% of their annual income, depending on which is higher.
Okay, it is unlikely that you will be fined EUR20 Million (or $22.66 millions US) tomorrow. But wouldn’t it make your mind easier to comply and avoid a fine?
You can also ensure that visitors are aware of your GDPR compliance and establish trust from the very beginning.
How to make your blog GDPR-compliant
Your blog must disclose all data collected and the reasons. The blog must state for how long data will be kept and if it will be shared with any third parties.
This may sound complicated, but it is actually quite simple.
Next, install and enable the ‘cookie consent plugin. This plugin allows your visitors to easily see and accept tracking cookies and other terms. I installed the GDPR cookie consent plugin via my WordPress Administration panel.
Once I was done, all that was left was to check the site to ensure the plugin was functioning properly.
NOTICE: Although the plugin will not make your blog GDPR-compliant, it is a step in the right direction. The following resources provide more information on GDPR compliance:
WordPress GDPR Compliance ToolsGeneral Data Protection RegulationCookie Law Information
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