What is GDPR?
GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) essentially protects EU citizens from data breaches and privacy misconducts. The new regulation requires organizations to provide EU citizens with information and transparency about how their data is stored and collected. EU citizens also have the right to have their information removed from the database of organizations.
Why is GDPR important?
Wherever your business is located, any association with EU citizens makes you affected by GDPR. Hence, it is crucial for you to ensure that your website is GDPR ready to be able to serve EU citizens.
How to start?
Make sure that you go through the steps below in order to make your website GDPR ready.
Businesses targeting EU citizens need to:
After creating the policy, make sure that you copy the policy to a page on your website, and link to the page from your cookie notification banner and the footer.
3. Add user agreement fields to contact forms
GDPR requires you to obtain consent whenever you collect data from the visitors of your website. You should gain consent for everything ranging from contact information, names, email addresses, etc. To do so, all websites with EU traffic must have a field in contact forms or email list sign ups where users can provide consent when giving information to you.
You can give your site visitors the ability to give consent through a user agreement field. Learn how to add this agreement field to all your forms from here.
4. Add Terms of Service
If you have an online store, you also need your customers’ consent to process their data. You should have Terms of Service documentation in your checkout so that users can showcase their consent when processing orders. Learn how to add Terms of Service to your online store.
Note: This article should only serve as a guide to give you a basic idea about the GDPR compliance. This article should not be taken as legal advice, consult your attorney for more details about GDPR compliance.
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