Thought I’d do something a bit different this week, with all the hullabaloo surrounding the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) privacy standards taking effect on May 25th—and prompting a lot of questions. Like you, I’ve been on the lookout for good information about how the GDPR’s sweeping overhaul of data handling standards can impact businesses here in the USA.
As you might expect, companies most directly affected by the new GDPR standards (email marketing and ecommerce companies in particular) are leading the way in providing helpful information for the rest of us. So, here’s a list of some great articles and resources about the new data privacy rules and how they impact online marketers and consumers. Hope you find these links as helpful as I did!
WordPress 4.9.6 Privacy and Maintenance Release: WordPress issued a security and privacy release that helps site owners with GDPR compliance. Included are two tools: a built-in Privacy Page starter, a data export and erasure tool and a comment form update. Help Desk Clients: your site is already updated to WordPress 4.9.6. ????
A practical guide to the European Union’s GDPR for American businesses (Recode): One of the best bottom-line explainers about GDPR I’ve seen, as it’s focused on USA-based business. In case you’re skeptical of whether you need to do a data handling checkup, here’s a quote: “the GDPR applies to an American company whose website is made available to people in the EU” – so that’s well – everyone.