How Your Online Business Can Prepare for GDPR (in a Nutshell)
You might have noticed piles of mail about all the services you use having new legalese. Unfortunately there is little we (the services you use) can do to avoid that. Some of us try to be extra funny, some of us use it as an opportunity to look our best. Most of us aim to be helpful and just want to implement changes without disrupting the user experience too much. The truth is that the GDPR deadline is coming up, and we’re required to change some things. There’s no getting around it, so let’s spell out what this means for your online business.
What’s happening exactly?About two years ago, the EU approved the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). This law protects end users and replaces separate privacy laws in EU member states. The enforcement deadline is 25th of May 2018, which is just a few days away. The EU can charge offenders with heavy fines. So it’s understandable that some online businesses are getting nervous. In short, GDPR demands that businesses:
- respect consumers’ right to privacy,
- know what they are doing with user data,
- are clear about what they are doing with this data to the users.