Hi, I’m Sheila, a technology consultant, web designer, project manager and author. I help heart-centered business owners, the lightworkers of the world, with technology. I build websites and make technology work for them, so they can spend more time focusing on growing their business and doing what they love.
GDPR stands for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation.  It was adopted in early 2017 and the compliance deadline is May 28, 2018.  This law is a revamp to the existing data protection practices.  While it seems completely overwhelming, it’s premise is pretty simple and straightforward.  You need to make sure you are being fair and honest with any and all data you collect on your website and tools related to your business.  There are 100’s of articles and guides on the web that cover the details.
Disclaimer:  I’m not a legal expert, so the information that I offer here is based on my research and should not be considered legal advice.

What you need to do?

The most important thing you need to do is educate yourself. While there are general guidelines, you have to determine how your business is affected based on the data you collect and the tools that you use to collect data.

I’ve been collecting articles and resources to share with you. Just this morning, Jenny Shih, shared in her newsletter an amazing resource that I hadn’t yet found. The recommendation she made was for Suzanne Gibble’s FREE GDPR Checklist. Suzanne is a lawyer that has put together resources to help you understand GDPR and take the steps to get compliant. It’s some of the best most practical advice I’ve read yet!

Recommended Checklist for You

Here’s my recommended checklist for you to get started on your GDPR compliance.

  1. Download the checklist here: https://suzannedibble.lpages.co/gdprchecklist/
  2. Watch the free video training. While it’s 2 hours, she explains it all excellent detail along with what you really need to do to get compliant. https://suzannedibble.lpages.co/gdpr-replay/
  3. Educate yourself by reading articles specific to the tools you use.
  4. Create an inventory of all the tools you use that collect customer data and identify if all of the tools are GDPR compliant.
  5. Update or add a GDPR friendly Privacy Policy on your website.
  6. Modify any place you are collecting customer data to have intentional opt-ins.
  7. Make sure you have a process where you can delete any and all data for a person if it is requested of you.
  8. Reconfirm your email list if needed based on your research and specific requirements.

Privacy Policy Download

I really like Termly and they have downloadable templates you can use for your Privacy Policy, Disclaimer and more. You will need to modify the documents that you download to match your business and requirements. It’s a good place to start if you don’t have any.
https://termly.io/privacy-policy/sample-privacy-policy-templates-guide/

Have you found other excellent resources for GDPR?  Share them with us in the comments!

Good Luck!