Dumb SEO Questions

(Entry was posted by Ryan Kellum on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Thursday, April 19, 2018).

Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

So I`m having a hard time understanding Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and any obligations my company or clients may have. I try to read up on it but get sidelined with the jargon.

I would consider this a `dumb` question, lol.

Can anyone shed any light on anything that I may need to do? i.e. add a notice to my website or my clients about data & privacy? Or just any info on the subject at all?

I`m not sure where my disconnect is with it 

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Selected answers from the Dumb SEO Questions G+ community.

  • Michael Martinez: Here is a brief checklist of what I understand so far (subject to correction):DOES YOUR SITE SET COOKIES IN VISITORS` BROWSERS?If so, you are expected to explain to them in clear, concise language what the cookies are for and what you do with the data you collect. In my recent experience, most sites are using 1-2 sentences in a popup with a "click away" button.DOES YOUR SITE REQUIRE PEOPLE TO REGISTER AN ACCOUNT?If so, you are expected to explain to them in clear, concise language why they need an account and what you will do with the data they give you.DOES YOUR SITE STORE IP ADDRESS INFORMATION?If so, you are expected to explain to visitors how long you will retain this data and what you are using it for. There may also be some requirements in various jurisdictions about how long you can keep this data.DOES YOUR SITE COLLECT EMAIL ADDRESSES?If so, you are expected to explain whose email address you want, why, and what you plan to do with it.IN GENERAL ...The idea is that if you collect any "personally identifying information" you need to explain to your visitors:1) What PII you collect2) What you do with it3) How long you will retain itYou are NOT really permitted to create an obscure page somewhere on your site that explains all this in long legalese. You can link to such a page from whatever advisory method you use (you don`t have to use popups).
  • Ryan Kellum: Thanks, Michael!I understood most of this to be best practices anyhow; if you indeed did collect/store cookies of users....Lihat Lainnya
  • Michael Martinez: Well, some of their concerns about personally identifying information are confused. While IP address *CAN* be used to identify people in some cases, it cannot be so used in all cases. Many people could be using the same IP address and Website owners and analytics companies should be aware of that. A thousand people a month could be browsing the Web from any one coffee shop.

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