What is the GDPR?
The GDPR stands for the General Data Protection Regulation, an EU regulation that will take effect on 25th May, 2018. It’s all about improving data protection and privacy for all individuals within the EU – more info here.
How is this blog complying?
Ensuring GDPR compliance will be an ongoing process. I take the privacy of my blog readers seriously – below are a list of the steps I have taken on helpformyscoliosis.com to ensure that the site is GDPR complaint and that your personal information is always protected:
- Purchased an SSL certificate to enhance the security of the site – you’ll notice the website address now starts with https and should display a padlock. This encryption prevents third parties from gaining unauthorised access to personal data.
- Reviewed all Plugins the site was using, deleted ones that weren’t being used, hadn’t been updated for a while or weren’t GDPR compliant.
- Updated the contact and comment forms to ensure that they are GDPR compliant – added a tick box so that users have to consent to their data being stored before using a contact form or leaving a comment.
- Reviewed and signed data processing agreements for 3rd Party suppliers, including Mail Chimp, Mail Munch and Google Analytics.
- Anonymised IP addresses for Google Analytics tracking.
- Sent an email to my blog subscribers on the 23rd May 2018 asking them to re-opt in if they would like to remain on my mailing list. Those that did not respond were deleted out of Mail Chimp and Mail Munch.