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Although the GDPR is already upon us, there are probably lots of you who are still struggling to wrap your heads around it or get compliant. If you don’t know what the General Data Protection Regulation is then you may be living under a rock (or it’s just not the trendy topic anymore).
GDPR is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union. But even if you don’t reside in the EU or target those visitors, you’re still obligated to abide by those laws for EU-based visitors, commentors, clients, and subscribers.
Basically, if you collect any type of data (such as IP address, name, email) then you are required to protect that data and respect the rights of those visitors.
The biggest things you’ll likely need to do is:
- Adjust your opt-in forms and email marketing tactics
- Install a cookie consent notification on your website
Below is a roundup of freebies, checklists, templates, and resources to help get your website, blog, business, and email list compliant with the GDPR laws.
Information + Checklists
GDPR For Entrepreneurs: What You Need to Know – A podcast / blog post by Amy Porterfield featuring Bobby Klinck (an intellectual property attorney) that is amazing! It outlines the major changes business owners need to make for the GDPR as well as action items to follow.
GDPR Compliant Blog Course – A very extensive course that will teach you in-depth all the legal caveats of the GDPR along with your obligations to comply. Included are action steps and tons of bonus templates to make this the only resource you’ll need!
GDPR for Online Entrepreneurs – A free Facebook group for online entrepreneurs who need advice or help with the GDPR ran by a UK-based lawyer. Inside you’ll find a ton of video content and lessons to answer your questions.
Creating Opt-in Forms under the GDPR – Examples of good and bad forms and how they comply (or don’t) with the GDPR. Mentioned are the use of check boxes, freebie incentives, and confusing language.
Convertkit’s GDPR FAQ – Frequently asked questions on the GDPR and how Convertkit is handling them plus features they are offering. CK has been excellent about these new GDPR updates and I’m really impressed. While I love Mailerlite, CK has a more robust system to allow for handling EU opt-ins.
GetTerms.io – A free generator or a GDPR compliant bundle for only $15
I’ve heard mixed things about having to have a cookie consent notification on your website. According to WPMU Dev, you only need a cookie notification if you’re 1) based in the EU, 2) target EU-based consumers, or 3) your website server is located in the EU.
But on the flip side, others claim that just having EU visitors on your website is enough to warrant the cookie notification.
I’m not a lawyer so I have no clue. If you decide to add one to your website there are several tools and plugins to easily take care of it.
Cookie Consent – A free and simple to use plugin for WordPress that will allow you to add a cookie notification to your website. It has several features that allow you to customize the notification and make it work for your website.
Cookie Notice – A free and fully GDPR compliant cookie plugin for WordPress. There are a variety of settings and customizations and it’s even SEO friendly!