**We are not lawyers and are not pretending to offer any sort of legal advice with this post.
What is this GDPR law about?
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was developed for the management of data privacy and enforcing its protection for users in the 28 countries of the European Union, even if the data is processed elsewhere. Basically, the users in these countries now have legal right to know, understand and, with that awareness, consent to the information being collected about them. The reason why companies have been so serious about updating their policies is that penalties for violating the GDPR can be harsh, as much as €20 million or 4 percent of an organization's annual global revenue. The bottom line is, as a website owner, you need your users' permission to collect their data. We encourage you to learn more about what the GDPR, its purpose, principles and more.
- More than ever, your customers are more concerned about transparency and accountability. Let users see that you value their privacy and respect their data! It’s a great way to show that you can be trusted and it builds their confidence in your brand.
Am I collecting user information?
If your website uses Google Analytics, Google AdSense or AdWords, or social media plugins such as “like” and “share” buttons, embedded YouTube videos or any other media content, then your website places so-called Cookies on the user's browser and your site is therefore by definition of these recent regulations tracking user information, even it is anonymous data.
What should I do?
Again, as stated in the beginning, the advice in this article is not intended as legal advice but is based on our research on industry best practices.