The 25th May is finally upon us!
If you are wondering why I seem excited about this date, where have you been?
Today the new GDPR law comes into force
If you have a small business and are now only just hearing about GDPR, please don’t panic.
Yes, over the next few months I would imagine the ICO will be keeping an eye on some of the bigger companies and there may even be some fines issued. However as a small company if you are at least aware of GDPR and actively putting in some steps towards compliance, you don’t have to panic.
The ICO are there to educate people on the importance of data security, not punish people for getting it wrong (Unless you are blatantly using peoples information in an illegal and immoral way)
The ICO have also published a free guide for Micro businesses, it has 8 easy to read steps to help.
You can download it here: Eight practical steps for micro business owners
Below are the basics steps to take on your website. This list is not everything but a good place to start is with your website.
- Run a Cookie report to show if Cookies are being implemented on your website
- Anonymise IP addresses in Google Analytic’s – If used
- Add links to the Cookie and Privacy pages on your Mailchimp sign up page – If used
I will say that I am not a lawyer and all of the above is based on the many posts/articles and conversations I have had over the last couple of months, if you would like to learn more Suzanne Dibble is the person to see, she has a brilliant GDPR Facebook page with a huge wealth of information.
Also available is Suzanne’s GDPR pack with over 20 documents and check lists to help with compliance. This can be found here: Suzanne’s GDPR Pack
The best piece of advice I can offer is to Visit Suzanne’s Facebook page and get the externally visual things sorted first: Your website and Mailing Lists.
And don’t panic 😀