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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

IMPORTANT!  IF Your Have a Website, You need to read this!

GDPR is in. We understand your concern. General Data Protection Regulation became enforceable on May 25th 2018. The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) seeks to give individuals more rights over their personal data and strengthen control over how businesses are allowed to obtain and use personal data.

The GDPR applies to any business or organization that collects and processes data. Failure to comply can result in high penalties. This regulation requires strict rules on those hosting and processing this data, anywhere in the world.

Cookie Consent must be displayed on all websites!

    • Cookie notices on your website will inform your viewers that your site uses cookies.
    • As a website owner, you need to present your cookie and privacy notice when someone visits your site for the firt time.
    • Cookie consent notice is crucial to comply with laws and regulations like GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

what is a cookie in the internet world, you may ask?

    • Cookie are a little piece of information that is not only stored on your pc, but on a website's server to remember you.
    • The cookie can tell a webserver or website your surfing habits, your approximate location (to the nearest town), shopping habits, favorite parts of a website. (TMI - Too much information in some cases)
    • You can remove cookies from your web browser history.  The process for doing this is different for each browser you surf the Internet with. 
    • The GDPR regulation can help you to let website know that you do not want a "cookie" stored on your computer

why does the gdpr exist?

The short answer to why this new regulation exists is public concern over privacy.

what types of privacy data does the gdpr protect?

    • Basic identity information such as name, address and ID numbers
    • Web data such as location, IP address, cookie data and RFID tags
    • Health and genetic data
    • Biometric data
    • Racial or ethnic data
    • Political opinions
    • Sexual orientation

how you should protect personally identifiable information under the GDPR

Personally identifiable information (PII) is any data that can be used to identify a specific individual. Social Security numbers, mailing or email address, and phone numbers have most commonly been considered PII, but technology and the web is fluid and has expanded the scope of PII considerably. It can include an IP address, login IDs, social media posts, or digital images. Geolocation, biometric, and behavioral data can also be classified as PII.

Even though you don’t do business with the EU, it’s likely to have impact on global security standards going forward. Consequently, companies working in the EU or with GDPR-impacted data are quickly trying to come into compliance. The essence of the GDPR is individual privacy protection.

Brandesigns is here and prepared to help stay in compliance with GDPR and avoid any consequential legal or monetary damages related to operating your website.

Contact Brandesigns today so we can assist you in implementing the necessary GDPR requirements on your website.  Even though this is a fairly new regulation as of this writing, it is EXTREMELY important that you comply!

Happy surfing!  We hope to hear from you soon!

Disclaimer: The advice provided here are our own interpretations and opinions. We have tried to simplify the main points of GDPR to create this guide but for more in-depth information please read the official ICO guidance.

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