The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) emerged in the world of website development on 25th May 2018 with the sole aim of protecting the rights and freedoms of European Union (UN) residents and to make them have more control over their personal data, irrespective of where the personal data is collected or processed. Before then, there was a rise in data breaches against these EU consumers and customers which was costing the United Kingdom (UK) economy billion of pound every year.
Some popular firms that have fallen victim of such breaches include Bupa, eBay, Linkedin and Zomato. This regulation addresses two key factors which are: keeping customers’ data secured and making marketing communication very clear, and every professional web design company is cognizant of this fact while designing any website.
In this write-up, I will be sharing the steps you need to take so as to make your website a GDPR compliant.
The first thing to do is to review your website by trying to see the way and manner you gather data on it. You are looking at the forms, surveys, user accounts, and so on, that have been used in one way or the other to take costumers information on your website. Check what cookies your website writes, in case it is writing any, and how such cookies may be used on return visits.
The forms on your website should have notifications of what the captured data will be used for and also allowing the customers to click the agree button. Check if you are doing any individual tracking and if you are doing any third party services used on your website.
Secondly, you need to inform people of what you are doing with their data and get their permission for collecting such. More so, you need to provide the contact details or information about who your data officer is, so that they can engage with him or her for any data requests.
Furthermore, you need to develop your GDPR policy that will give you the power to have effective control over people’s data, as well as effective processes and procedures like request for data deletion, how to track changes and so on. And once you have successfully gone through all these steps, you can conveniently say that your website is secured. This is the ultimate thing since the entire point of GDPR is to ensure you protect the users’ data and privacy.
In conclusion, there is nothing hard in making your website GDPR compliant mainly for the security of your customers’ data. This might even let you have the confidence of some of them since they know that their information is secured with you. And failure to do so can attract a hefty fine of 20 million euro or 4% of your company’s annual turnover.
I believe you will want to avoid this penalty, so if you are going for website design, patronize the best website development company.