Make Your Website GDPR Compliant
I know, after so many blogs being published in the last 4-6 weeks about the introduction of a more stringent European data protection policy - the already so familiar GDPR - you will be probably sick to death to read yet again more about the issue.
The reason why I want to add to the collection of GDPR related blogs here on WA is because, truly, I want to make the whole process easy and less scary for everyone.
Easier Than You Think
As I still work part time for my local council, it is only but natural that we staff are all receiving extensive training regarding the subject, and that's why I am building up quite an insight knowledge.
To put it in layman's terms, the aim of GDPR is to seek that consent by the visitors to our websites, rather than the consent being assumed up to the point where the visitor or the subscriber denied it, as it has been up to now.
In the past, you would just ask your subscribers to leave their emails to receive news and updates from our websites.
Now we are obliged to tell potential subscribers, as well as visitors to our sites, what we are going to do with their private details and information.
Not only that, but potential subscribers have to physically give consent for the use of their emails and / or other personal information, such as name and surname. Tacit consent is going to become a thing of the past.
How To Change Your Websites
The two things to change on your website are these:
- subscription forms.
If you have already installed an autoresponder to your website, or if you are planning to do so, the subscription form should look and read more or less like this:
I know, you might think it is bulky and unsightly. But, my friends, it is needed (!!!).
I have now switched autoresponder service to MailerLite, as they provide exactly the same format as what this picture shows. Do you see what I mean when I refer to getting your subscribers to give consent by ticking boxes?
There is also good advice provided by @Philmerson here on WA, regarding installing a Google plug-in to enable visitors to your website to advise whether they want to opt out of their information to be used by Google Anaylitcs. Read more here (internal WA link, not affiliate!!).
Don't Dismiss It!
And that's really all there is to the new GDPR.
Don't get me wrong, do not try to dismiss the new changes. The requirements do represent as big change in culture of a dated data protection policy, which has been in use for over 20 years. You can see, therefore, how such changes were needed and overdue, especially if you think of how much the use of the internet has expanded with the advent of social media.
Nor must you disregard it, because you do not live in Europe. Remember, your websites are visible and accessible from every corner of the planet, including Europe.
So, what are you waiting for, start working on the changes now. You have a whole 4 days left before the big 'big ben' date of Friday 25th May. If you start making changes now, you will find it won't be such an honerous job after all.