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GDPR – what is it all about

Good question? What is it all about? No doubt you are being inundated with emails about it. It seems it is something that so many of us have to do if we are dealing with people in the EU.

GDPR – what is it all about

Well, GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulations. The EU have brought this in to make sure that people’s information is protected. Also, so your private details, like name, email address, phone number, or address can’t be sold or passed onto others without your knowledge. You shouldn’t be signed up to a newsletter that you haven’t said yes too.

You can also request to see what information people have on you, and if you ask them to delete they are legally bound to do this. If not, then they face massive fines.

This really only applies to people in the EU, and residents. However, it is a fair bet that most countries around the world are going to adopt similar, so it seems like a good thing to just start treating everyone like they are in the EU.

If you want to see more about it, then Wikipedia seems to have a good definition, click here.

Privacy Statement

The heading above is a link to the statement, though you can also find it in the pages section on the left, click the 3 lines above.

This is really important and you should read this. This will tell you how I gather information about some people, what I do with it, and how it is used.

The statement is so I am being transparent.

For those of you who are WordPress users, all this applies to you as well. I don’t have anything on people who already use WP except a web address.

Unsubscribe

Part of this is unsubscribing those from the EU and asking them to sign up again. I can’t do that, because I don’t know where you are in the world, not based on the information I have. However, if you no longer want to receive notifications of when this blog publishes new posts then you stop following it. Go the subscribe section and you should be able to do it there. If you have trouble, I should be able to help you.

Business side of it

It is all quite annoying, but it has to be done. Hopefully, I am compliant and can get on with things now.

If you have any questions, let me know, if I can help I will.

 

4 Responses

  1. According the Sophos.com blog (https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2017/05/22/gdpr-is-just-a-year-away-heres-what-you-need-to-know/), there are a few basics:
    – GDPR requires that any company doing business in the EU – no matter the size – more securely collect, store and use personal information
    – Although the same rules apply to “All” business regardless of size the “Regulators” do realize that Small Business require different treatment than big Biz.
    – One area of concern for small businesses is the GDPR requirement that companies hire a data protection officer. Though smaller firms may still need to employ someone in this role if handling personal data is core to their operations, it may not have to be a full-time employee, but rather a consultant, which could be less costly.
    – small businesses can take comfort in this: as long as they can demonstrate that they’ve put their best foot forward to meet the requirements of GDPR

    Those are the “Basics”… the full article linked above will expand on these.

    I am not sure how Commonwealth countries are affected (Australia, Canada. New Zealand, etc) are affected as Great Britain is ***still*** part of the E.U. andI have never had any E.U. clients. There seems to little info on this topic in Canada, although I presume if a business collects data on E.U. clients in any way (WordPress or third party databases (?)) they are affected somehow.

    • Actually small businesses do now have to hire a data protection officer, it is only for companies of a certain size.

      Commonwealth countries are not affected if they are not in the EU. Though Australia is looking into doing some similar stuff, so no doubt it will be good to have it all done.

      There are so many places out there trying to make money from people to learn this, so best to look at a lot of stuff, which is what I’ve been doing for the last couple of months. I think I am going to be fine. Also that article is a year old, so I am sure some of the information is not strictly correct.

  2. Your post added some additional clarity to a problem that is quite muddled in many people’s mind.

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