What is GDPR?

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation and is a European regulation meant to give people control over their personal data. It becomes enforceable by May 25th, 2018 so it’s important you educate yourself soon and take the necessary measures.

All organisations ‘handling’ personal data of citizens or residents of the European Union (EU) have to comply with GDPR. Here are some examples:

  • An e-mail address field on a contact form or checkout page.
  • People can log in to your website. Even if it’s just in the back-end so all sites with a CMS like WordPress have to comply.
  • Database with order information.
  • Event sign-ups.

GDPR forces website and webshop owners to inform visitors:

  1. which personal data is being collected
  2. what the data is being used for
  3. who is handling the data
  4. how the data was obtained
  5. how and where the data is stored

The WP GDPR Compliance plugin sets out to help website and webshop owners with a quick checklist and automatic compliance in the near future.

For more in-depth information we recommend reading through whatisgdpr.eu or watching their 3-minute video below: