I’m sure those of you who work for global companies are aware of the new European Union regulation – General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR – which became enforceable on May 25 (last Friday). It regulates how any organization that is subject to the Regulation treats or uses the personal data of people located in the EU. Personal data is any piece of data that, used alone or with other data, could identify a person. If you collect, change, transmit, erase, or otherwise use or store the personal data of EU citizens, you’ll need to comply with the GDPR.
How does GDPR apply to me
I’ve been seeing articles and other posts related to this new regulation for a while, especially as the May 25 date was approaching. But I never gave it much thought because who cares about my itty bitty blog? This is a hobby, not a business. Why does it matter to me?
Some things I’ve read seem to indicate this could become a bigger thing in the US as GDPR differs from the current US privacy model. See this article by PwC that explains the differences when it comes to data breaches. So, it’s never a bad thing to be ahead of the game.
What I’ve done related to GDPR
Since I’m not collecting all that much, it’s actually pretty simple. But that’s all it took to make me compliant. And if things should change and I begin collecting more personal data, I have the foundation in place and all I have to do is update it appropriately.
You’ll see a few things because of the changes I’ve made.
- Anyone coming to my site, now that my policy is in place, will be asked to view it and agree to it. I’m pretty sure once you agree, you won’t see that blurb at the bottom anymore. But you will see it again if I change anything in my policy. (I apologize for the missing word in that blurb. I installed something that creates it but I don’t see where I can edit the wording. 🤨 )
You might notice other (unexpected) changes as well, as a lot of the developers have been making updates. For instance, the look of my poll changed and I’m not sure how to change it back!! I promise future polls will not have the question in white letters!
Does GDPR apply to you?
If it doesn’t apply to you, be glad. I thought I was done with this stuff when I retired!!