Gdpr - what?

Last Update: August 19, 2017

I just read an article about the new EU regulations on websites.

My first thoughts were..."Dang, this is too confusing" and "How will this impact my own website which has barely even been started?".

Right away, I confess that when I go to a website, if one of those cookie bars pops up and tells me I can opt out of them collecting my information, my first response it to click whatever I need to, to keep my privacy as best I can. So, I click "no", or "opt-out" or whatever is appropriate.

If everyone is like me, how in the world are we ever going to make money with these websites? And how will our affiliate's websites handle this? Will all our cookies be lost in the process so we get no credit at all for any sales?

I did a quick search here in WA for GDPR and found a few articles with appropriate links to legal information about all this. But...what I'd really like to see is more people talking about this in more simple terms. It feels a little over my head to be honest, but I'm smart enough to realize I probably need to pay attention to it at some point.

My head hurts...

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@RICH. Premium
GDPR only applies if you are trading within the EU and processing personal data of EU citizens. In the event you are, you have to appoint a representative within the EU, even if you're based outside the EU.

It won't apply to the majority of members here at WA, as affiliates don't receive and process any personal data, the affiliate program handles this.

If you use an email and autoresponder service such as AWeber, then standard double-opt-in gives you explicit consent to process personal email addresses, and anyway, again, this is handled by the service provider.

In regard to cookie bars, the majority of sites who are affected will no doubt simply switch to bouncing those who opt-out, ie. you won't be able to access the site unless you consent.

Also, it's worth bearing in mind that these are EU laws applicable to EU countries and businesses only. The EU cannot fine anyone who isn't an EU citizen or doesn't have a business based within the EU, as they don't make international laws that are applicable to other countries. :)
djriver Premium
Thanks for the comment. I'm copying this response and pasting it into a text file to refer to in the future. Some of the articles I read made it sound like it would still need to be addressed even if not in the EU and I forget their reasoning now. But my mind is eased a little. Thanks!