Print, Design & Websites
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25th May 2018 and as an owner of a website you need to consider how these regulations affect you.
Protecting your data and that of your customers is vital to the success of your business. The new regulations provide a framework to allow you to do this. The following points are some of the areas you need to consider if you own a website:
Make sure you don’t have any pre-ticked boxes such as ‘If you don’t wish to receive information from us please untick the box‘. This is not allowed under the new regulations. You must make it clear and easy for someone to give their consent – you cannot automatically assume it. You must also make it easy for someone to opt-out of being contacted by your company. The GDPR introduces a right for individuals to have personal data erased (the right to be forgotten).
Do you make it clear on how someone’s information will be used once they have given you their details? Does your website store this data in a database?
Make sure you are clear on what you will do with a visitor’s data once they have been in contact or bought from you – you cannot assume you can just market to them if you haven’t asked for their consent or made it clear how you will use their data. This is particularly important if you are selling to consumers, sole traders or partnerships.
If you have a content managed website where you update the content yourself make sure you have a robust password in place. Weak passwords such as admin or password leave your site open to hackers being able to access your database, and therefore your data.
And don’t forget, it’s not only your website that needs to be compliant. If you handle personal data in your business you need to understand the principles of GDPR and have suitable policies and systems in place to adhere to the regulations.
If we manage your website for you we can guide you on many of the areas above and implement some of the changes for you. Don’t leave it too late – we are less than 3 weeks away from the new regulations coming into being.
Further information on the regulations can be found at https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/