My Site is GDPR Compliant – How About You?

The European Union's new privacy rules, the GDPR, takes effect next Saturday.

The new regulation requires, among its many measures, that every website publish a privacy policy detailing how they use the data they collect from customers and visitors. We also have to sanitize our mailing lists by confirming that we actually had people's permission to send emails.

There's obviously more to GDPR than that, and I will go into it in detail in the newsletter I am sending on Monday. This post is less about the new rules than  about our experiences with compliance.

I'd like to hear about the problems you encountered. For example, how many email addresses are you going to have to remove from your list?

After a careful check, I found that I have exactly 24 emails (out of thousands of subscribers) where I hadn't made it clear that people were signing up for a mailing list.  Those two dozen emails were given to me in exchange for a free ebook, which means I have to get their permission before sending them another email.

Have you encountered problems complying with the new rules?

If you share your story below, maybe we can help.

 

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14 Comments on My Site is GDPR Compliant – How About You?

  1. But if your site is not hosted in the European Union, do you have to comply with the GDPR?

  2. And if their email address is your only link to those 24, how are you going to ask them permission to email them if not by email? (me loves catch 22 thingies … 😉 )

  3. It is doubtful that the EU can enforce this outside the EU if you have no property or presence in that Nanny State. The problem is, of course, that if you don’t follow it and are on their radar and you happen to visit Europe, don’t bargain on coming home too soon. And, of course, if you have happen to have any money in that Nanny State that can be seized to pay fines …… But on the bright side, before long you will be able to still visit the UK!

    • You’re probably right, but I also have to work with people in the EU. If I follow the rules then it will be easier for me to help them do so.

    • Don’t forget that it goes also in the other direction: You also have to be compliant to US rules if you don’t sit in the US – “or else…” 😉

      So be careful with that “Nanny State” – it might backfire… 😉

      Many rules may look “insane” at first glance from an outside view, but in this case this ruling is something that many citizens fought for for years and beaten up their parliament representatives to vote for it… 😉

  4. I’m working on it (and trying not to scream).

    My newsletter list is minuscule, and I’ve always used double opt-in with it, so I don’t have any problems there. Worse is the privacy policy statement, because my website is bilingual. I’ll dig around for some templates…

    • TBH my privacy policy is copy-pasted from the same boilerplate used on a few million sites. I then added a few bits recommended by the policy generator in WP, and called it good.

  5. Do you know of a WordPress plugin to delete commenters email addresses?

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