If you have customers or members in the EU you probably know about GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) by now. Here are some links to overviews of the new privacy regulations happening in regards to EU users of websites and the data that is collected on them. At the bottom, are several solutions for web site managers.
NonProfit Quarterly – A good review especially for smaller nonprofits. Their conclusion for smaller groups is that they probably aren’t affected but it may be a good best practices measure to comply.
The Nonprofit Times – A fairly comprehensive overview mentioning that nonprofits aren’t exempt.
Delcor – A good overview for associations and nonprofits
Fortune – “For some of America’s biggest newspapers and online services, it’s easier to block half a billion people from accessing your product than comply with Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation. The Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and The New York Daily News are just some telling visitors that, ‘Unfortunately, our website is currently unavailable in most European countries.’”
FPS Media – A more recent story mentioning US companies blocking EU customers and urging US organizations to follow a moderate path in relation to the new privacy environment.
ICANN – “The WHOIS internet domain directory is at the center of a GDPR-related lawsuit that should clarify at least one of the many unknowns when it comes to achieving compliance with the data-privacy regulation. The suit was filed last week by ICANN, the nonprofit body responsible for administering the assignment of a large portion of domain names on the internet. ICANN is also the keeper of WHOIS, which serves a phonebook-like purpose of making contact information available for those who have registered domains. ICANN contractually requires the collection of three sets of contact data by over 2,500 registrars and registries: administrative and technical contacts as well the registrant’s personal details, including name, email and telephone number.”
Avada – If you’re using the Avada WordPress theme, they have added new functionality to help sites become compliant with GDPR. (Our site is using that now.)
WordPress Plugins – If you’re using another theme, WordPress has a number of plugins available that help you create the interface with visitors to allow for their choosing how much of their information you may collect.
Cookiebot – To test if your site is compliant or not, go to Cookiebot and run their free test. They offer a very complete array of solutions, the basic one of which is free for sites with under 100 pages.