The Fuss about GDPR.As you may have heard, the EU has a new regulation that has changed how websites handle their users’ privacy — this new regulation is being referred to as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
If you’re wondering if this could affect your site, since you, your company and its customers are African based, it could. It can affect any website that uses Google Analytics, has a contact form on it, or has any type of sign-up option. This covers about 99.5% of all websites on the internet at this time!
The GDPR is put in place to protect both visitors to a site and the site owner. It ensures that any and all information is given with expressed consent and is being used in the manner it was intended to be used. Also, while it is only a European law now, there has been talk that it’s only a matter of time before it will become a U.S. law and anywhere else.
There are many who think they can simply block EU IP addresses from accessing their site, but that’s not good practice. Many people now use VPNs to access the internet more securely. This could mean that some people in the states could not access your site but an EU person could still access your site using a VPN that is using a U.S.-based IP address.
The best (and easiest) thing to do is to make your site GDPR friendly. FiveSense Innovates can help you with that!
FiveSense Innovates can also audit your site and review what type of information it’s collecting. Plus, we can assist with adding and configuring the plugins necessary for site visitors to see what information you have saved on your site about them, and remove it if they choose.
Have questions or need help in evaluating your site? Give us a call at +260 975 502 085 or head to our contact page to get in touch.