I got a text from my friend Taylor (hey, Tay!) this afternoon that felt all too much like a couple of years ago when I was starting my business:
Taylor, thank you for saying what everyone wonders at some point:
b) does the GDPR affect me as a blogger or small business owner.
Short answer, yes and yes.
Long answer, read on to find out why and how. 😉
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If you read blogs or use the internet (okay, so that’s everyone in 2018), then you know that you leave little breadcrumb bits of your personal information behind when you visit. Things like your IP address, location, your name (or username), and email.
Make a purchase? Now there’s even more personal information that can be collected.
And that’s all okay! That’s how we do businesses and interact these days.
They’re out in the open, and you should be able to view them on any website—look for it in the footer.
Now that you know what it is, here are 3 reasons you really need one.
One: It’s legally required
Not to mention having one builds a greater sense of trust with your readers and makes you look more professional.
Two: You don’t have to freak out about including EVERYTHING.
Don’t stress too much about making sure your policies cover every tiny thing. Now, here’s where I’ll plug that it’s safest to use a template used by an attorney .. You can always update them as you go along.
You’ll want to add copy that says “last updated” and make sure you have a clause in the copy saying you have the right to update any time.
Three: The GDPR is a thing now.
The General Data Protection Regulation includes new regulations put out by the European Union that we’ve gotta comply with.
Here’s how you know if you need to comply to GDPR regulations: You sell or market to EU country customers.
It’s easier than you think. Here are my top 5 favorite resources I’ve found on getting compliant:
- GDPR compliance checklist, if you really get it all and just want a quick checklist
- Amy Porterfield Podcast Episode on GDPR for Entrepreneurs
- The actual guidance from the UK’s ICO website (closest to the horse’s mouth!)
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