After four years of preparation and debate, the GDPR was approved by the EU Parliament on April 14, 2016 with an enforcement date of May 25, 2018. The GDPR replaces Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC, and according to EUGDPR.org, is “designed to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens data privacy and to reshape the way organizations across the region approach data privacy.
Under GDPR, companies processing the personal data of any resident in the European Union are subject to new privacy requirements, regardless of their geographical location. For example, companies in the United States processing data for UK or French customers must abide by GDPR regulations.
Companies in the United States that process data for customers only in North or South America are not subject to these changes.
We’ve compiled a list of online resources to help agencies determine their obligations under the new regulations and how to come into compliance.
We encourage you to take stock of other plugins you may use on your websites and make sure you keep them up to date. Most popular software companies have posted blog or FAQ entries to advise their users on how to best to use their software to be in compliance, such as Contact Form 7, Gravity Forms (which we use at Webvolve), and others.