GDPR Compliance

Complying with GDPR in the digital world. There are very few exceptions to compliance. If you have a website that is accessible to EU Countries, then it is very highly probable you are processing personal identifiable information. Identifying information relating to a person could be an I.P. Address, Name, Photo etc. Cookies are also covered by GDPR and consent to placing cookies on a users device should be obtained.

Explicit consent is required to fully comply with the processing of personal information, along with process's to minimise the data required, processing, security and to have available upon request of a user a copy of the information you hold upon. A person also has the right to be forgotten. In other words any information you hold on them is to be permanently deleted. Additionally, you cannot charge a person for requesting information held upon them and for the request to be deleted / forgotten.

What was done on this website to make it compliant with GDPR?

Well firstly, As far as cookies were concerned, they were identified and listed. A privacy page was amended to include a plain english summary of how this website holds a visitors information and what information it holds.

The next step was identify what cookies were essential and what were none essential. The essential cookies (cookies that make the website work) are required to be used to make the website work as it should. None essential cookies in this instance "cookies set by google analytics" were placed by this website on users devices to enable monitoring the websites performance. Using none essential cookies you should gain explicit consent or offer the option to not accept such cookies. I chose another path. I use google analytics with the use of cookies. The processing (sending information to google analytics) is done by firstly annonymising the i.p. and as such, is compliant and user consent is not required. When using this website for the first time you are forced to accept the none essential cookies or to block all cookies. Furthermore you are able to reconsider your consent to cookies at any time. Again complying in full to GDPR.

 

View e-privacy directive documents

View GDPR Documents

Third party cookies. 

The majority of websites use Google analytics, and why not? It is afterall a powerful and useful tool to measure performance of your website. However this method also places cookies on a users devices.

Is there an alternative to google analytics without using cookies? Quite simply yes. I also use google analytics on this site but without the use of cookies. In addition, i.p's are annonimsed before being sent to google making this method compliant with GDPR without requiring consent.

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