G is for GDPR
While this is a break from the subject of creative writing, the General Data Protection Regulation is coming into effect next month and will affect how I conduct my business. It’s been spoken about for the last couple of years – I found out about it last week (so cue a bit of panicking from me). It does affect anyone within the EU who holds another person’s personal data – editors and authors included – so I see no harm in including this as part of the A to Z challenge.
I spent most of yesterday reading up on the GDPR, learning about cookies and privacy policies, getting confused one minute and understanding what I needed to do the next, (then back to confused again).
Through all this, I think I’m finally getting to grips with it. I found a plugin that installs a cookie warning notice that gives a visitor the option to accept or decline cookies. Having monitored which cookies load before and after I accept them, the penny dropped. Now, when a visitor arrives on this website, only those cookies needed for functionality load (unless previously accepted). If a visitor agrees to cookies, the non-essential ones will load up (Facebook, Pinterest, Google ads etc). If they decline to accept them, then only the site functionality ones will work.
The GDPR insists that permission is granted by users/visitors, and this plugin logs a visitor’s acceptance or rejection (via their IP address).
I moved my mailing list over to Mailchimp because their sign-up form allows me to add a checkbox to seek specific permission to send newsletters to subscribers. GDPR is all about permission and protection, or rather, giving a person more control over how their data is used. I still need to request this permission from previous subscribers, but I shall get to that shortly. It’s EU specific, but ignoring all the stress and faffing about, it is good practice.
That’s all I can think of for now. Lots to do, not least of which is to finish F is for… (I got sidetracked with all the above yesterday).
Below are the links to the plugin and chrome extension I used:
And finally, a nice infographic from the EU about the GDPR