Julie Crouch Website Design

Chandlers Ford, Hampshire

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an EU regulation aimed at helping to strengthen data protection. Whlst the UK is a member of the EU we are required to comply. The maximum sanction for non-compliance with the GDPR is €20million.

Anyone who collects and processes personal data (defined by the GDPR as a Data Controller) is required to comply with the regulations. Personal data can be as basic as name, address and email address.

A significant part of the GDPR is about transparency and informing data subjects (individuals) about what and how their personal data is being used, by whom and for how long. GDPR requires data controllers to state what data is being processed and for what reasons. Additionally, they are required to inform data subjects about how long the data will be stored for. They must also state who the subject should contact with regards to any part of the data controller’s data processing actions.

Provable consent must be explicitly given to the data processor by the data subject before their data can be processed. Additionally, the data must only be used for the purposes that consent has been given. For example, if someone contacts you with an enquiry of some kind, that does not give you permission to add them to your email marketing list. Consent must be able to be withdrawn by the data subject at any time.

Under the GPDR a data subject has the right to erasure of their data. This means that if an individual asks you to remove their data from your systems you have to comply.

Some practical steps that should be taken on websites are:

Add encryption – use an SSL certificate to convert the site from http to https (the padlock symbol in the browser bar).

Add a privacy policy including information on website cookies.

Modify website contact forms to include a link to the privacy policy and ideally a tick box to confirm consent to the storage of data and that the person is over 13. This also applies to any commenting system. One option is to remove the form and just have your contact details listed, such as email and phone number, and to remove the ability to comment.

There needs to be a clear process for a client/user to request to view the data that is held on them and to request deletion.

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I take your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information to provide the services you have requested and to administer your account. To review or delete this data please contact me.

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