What is GDPR Compliance and What Does it Mean For You?

What is GDPR Compliance and What Does it Mean For You?

In Episode 69 of Divi Chat, the panel got together to discuss a hot topic: GDPR.


Episode 69’s panel featured:

  • David Blackmon of Aspen Grove Studios, Divi Space and WP The Podcast
  • Tim Strifler of Divi Life and WP The Podcast
  • Cory Jenkins of Aspen Grove Studios and Divi Space
  • Terry Hale of Mizagorn Inc
  • Jerry Simmons of Fervent Solutions

General Data Protection Regulation, also known as GDPR, is the European Union’s new set of laws and policies that are set to govern how businesses will deal with the private information of consumers, specifically the citizens of the European Union.

Effective from May 25th, 2018, the new GDPR compliance regulations are set to change the way consumer data is used and stored.

With the goal of giving the power back to the consumer, in terms of their private information and how it is managed, the new GDPR regulations focus on the consent protocols that companies are supposed to implement for collecting consumer’s personal data, and also, the ways in which companies deal with the private information of their consumers.

Even though it is focused around citizens of the European Union, GDPR compliance is a big deal for all internet traders everywhere, as the GDPR laws will not only apply to European companies, but to any and every website in the world that has a site visitor who is a member of the European Union. This will affect the majority of websites, and also, the developers that create them.

Any data collected from a website, including, for example, the personal data collected from a contact form, will have to follow the protocols set out by GDPR compliance.

From the perspective of a marketer, business owner, brand manager or similar, collected data is extremely valuable as the insights into a consumer’s behavior and patterns thereof can lead to incredible business strategies that’ll drive product and services sales. However, from the perspective of the consumer, things look a very different, and gaining greater levels of advocacy over private information may be a very welcomed change.

GDPR will take effect on May 25th 2018, and will be an important transition for website operators everywhere. If you’d like to learn more about the new GDPR regulations, watch Episode 69 of Divi Chat, and have a look at some of these resources on the topic:

As per the disclaimer on the Divi Chat website, please note: “At the time of posting the new GDPR compliance requirements are not yet in effect, so there is still much confusion and vagueness on proper handling for website managers outside the EU. Resources listed are for research purposes only, and are in no particular order.”

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We hope that you’ve enjoyed this recap of Episode 69 of Divi Chat, and that you’ve been given a few more resources with which to understand the forthcoming GDPR changes. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to share them below. We love receiving your feedback!

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Lisa-Robyn Keown

Lisa-Robyn is a qualified copywriter and brand strategist from Cape Town, South Africa.