What is GDPR?
You might have already got 20+ emails from every single website that you have signed up to.
What happens if you don’t comply?
If you don’t ensure your blog/website is not compliant, the EU might send out a warning letter to quickly fix the issues. This will be followed by a heavy penalty/fine on your site if you are still non-compliant (4% of a company’s annual global revenue OR €20 million (whichever is greater))
You’d probably be asking : I’m just a blogger with probably a few people visiting from the European countries. Should I still go ahead and do these steps . The answer is a resounding YES !
Who are these rules applicable to ?
If you are a blogger with a WordPress site or have a company website or even an online service site or rather do business online storing customers information, you have to make your site GDPR Compliant at the earliest. Though you may have a US / India / any country site , you still have the possibility of an European visitor coming to your site through some means. Hence it’s safer to be compliant than getting caught later
Thankfully Google’s Blogspot hosted sites can sigh a relief as Google has internally done all the steps to make sure the privacy policies are updated and relevant disclaimers are present in the website. But there are a few things you may still want to do as a blog owner in Blogspot. This is explained by Shrinidhi in his blog.
Steps to become GDPR Compliant
1. Update WordPress
Update WordPress (after logging to your WP-Admin page) and ensure you have the latest version.
It’s the second option, right below Home button in the left hand side
2. a. Install “WP GDPR COMPLIANCE” Plugin in your Plugins option in the dashboard
Or manually download it from here : https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-gdpr-compliance/
In Settings of WP GDPR COMPLIANCE Plugin, Under Integration Enable WordPress Comments and Save Changes.
4. Newsletter Subscription
If you have a newsletter subscription / popups etc, you should again copy the text in point 3 and paste it in that too at the bottom of your newsletter as a disclaimer
Go to Pages – > New Page.
Replace the [Site Name] at 2 places mentioned with your own website name and your email address mentioned as [Your Email Address here].
Well , that’s it. .These steps are for blogs and websites with just a comment box/ subscribe page and a newsletter and not intended for professional companies who stores financial transaction information of customers and other business related info.
Do let me know in comments, if you found it useful or have any further questions on the same.