Do I need to know about the GDPR? Yes!

I’m putting this right at the top to make sure everyone sees it.  The GDPR is a new regulation from the EU and can affect even non-EU-based sites.  Take the time to check you are compliant.  And if you don’t there are some pretty heinous fines.  So, take some time to look into it.

Do I need to know about GDPR? Yes. What bloggers need to know about the GDPR

Disclaimer:  This is not legal advice. I am not a legal professional.  Third-party links are supplied for information and convenience only and I have no control over the content.  Please note you are responsible for how you handle personal data and should research and prepare accordingly.     

What is the GDPR?

You may have seen information popping up regarding the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) that came into force on the 25 May 2018.

The GDPR is the new data protection regulation from the European Union that updates the old Data Protection Act 1998.

Does this apply to me?

There seems to be the idea that the GDPR only affects businesses and only affects people in the EU. However, if you collect someone’s personal data then this regulation applies to you.

Also, if you are not in the EU but collect data of people FROM the EU, then this regulations applies to you.

So, if you are obtaining, recording, sorting and/or sharing personal data then you need to take the GDPR seriously.

Personal data can include email addresses (such as for mailing lists, giveaway winners), names, IP addresses etc.

What do I need to do?

Rather than me writing a long post regarding this, I am going to link to some pages I have found really useful.  Please note these are not legal advisory articles, but these bloggers have done a lot of research into this topic and may be of you.

Take the time to check these out.  It’s not worth being non-compliant.  Also, while this regulation has come from the EU, other countries are already starting to look at their own data protection regulations.

Learn about it now, get prepared.

Complete WordPress GDPR Guide by CodeInWP

GDPR for Bloggers by NomiPalony

GDPR and Bloggers, what you need to know by Jenny Marie

GDPR What you should do as a blogger by MyPeacockBooks

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Check back on Wednesday for a guest post and then Thursday will be another article in my Blogger Series.

Happy writing

Ari

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16 thoughts on “Do I need to know about the GDPR? Yes!

  1. I’m thinking I’ll just pull my blog and my website . . .
    or I’ll be having to hire someone (if anyone is affordable) to figure all of this out for me as the more I read about everything that’s involved in getting compliant the less I understand what it is, how it affects (or doesn’t affect) my stuff, and even less how I’m supposed to take care of it well enough to feel like I’m properly covered.

    Another nail in my coffin . . .
    😧 😫

    When does all of this need to be completely taken care of by? Or am I already too late?

    • Hi Pearl, don’t pull your website. If you don’t want to blog, you could just have an Author Website without a blog.

      Have you tried looking on Fiverr? You might be able to find someone affordable to help you out with getting it all sorted.

      Re the GDPR, if you make money on your website (affiliate links, accept donations, sell or use ads) then you need a privacy policy.

      Also, if you have a newsletter or allow people to contact you via a contact form/email you, you need a privacy policy.

      Feel free to check mine out and copy/paste and amend as required. Mine might not be perfect but it covers a lot and will hopefully be enough to be going on with.

      It needs to be done now – the GDPR went into affect on 25th May 2018 so the sooner the better.

      If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know, I am always here for you, my friend

  2. Ahhh… This is something I need to do! It’s always been in the back of my mind but have yet to get around to it. I’ll be bumping this to the top of my to do list. Thanks for the info!

    • Glad to be of help. I know, I was so focused on sorting it for my online shop I totally forgot I needed it for my blog too!

      I have my privacy policy up but will probably also spend time tweaking it and making sure it covers everything I need.

      This GDPR has been such a pain and it’s so messy to deal with.

      • I’m actually working on mine now. It’s so much to take in. Once I have this done then I need to fix my newsletter and also add it to my other blog.

        This GDPR thing is good to know, for sure, and I’ll admit I’m learning a lot, but it’s a learning curve and I just hope I’m covering everything and doing it the right way.

  3. Wow, I just wrote about this on my blog last week. WordPress blogs are compliant (see my cookies post for more) but if you do comps and stuff you may need to add a separate policy. Wish I was on my laptop and not my phone I’d show you the direct links to my last 2 posts, lots more links I found there 🙂 . Are you writing a privacy policy yourself?

    • Thanks for your comment 🙂

      My privacy policy has just gone live now. I have to have one because I accept donations on my website and will (shortly) be starting a newsletter so the data collected via these two avenues needs to be defined in a policy.

      I know a lot of bloggers are in the same boat, either with email lists, selling items, or accepting donations so I thought this was something to put out there.

      I had to do this recently for my online business then suddenly remembered it was required for the blog too.

      The only thing I’m not 100% clear about is whether I need to register with the ICO. Some places say no, some say yes… I’m still looking into that.

      I will check out your post and add its link here. 🙂

      • There’s a self assessment form by the ICO on my blog post, the second one I did about GDPR. You could use that to see if you need to register. I pit up a policy on my blog as I do competitions (or will be doing so soon) plus I collect data as I welcome people to put in review requests and thought it might count in needing to be GDPR compliant. It’s all been a big thing and messed up a lot of bloggers. Wish wordpress had emailed up all about it!

      • I’ll take a look at that link, cheers.

        Yeah I think it’s been a big mess. I am surprised WordPress didn’t contact us all.

      • They’ve also been a bit messed up with their updates of the site, making the whole cookies widget work, then not, then work again…I’m not sure why wordpress.com wasn’t GDPR ready when the .org site has been for a while :/ Hope that link helps and I hope you won’t have to register as it costs a bit of money 😦

      • Yeah I saw that widget issue. It looks like it’s working now kinda. Your privacy policy looks great 🙂

        Oh yeah, I really hope I don’t have to register. Don’t like the idea of having to stump up cash for it.

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