What has changed?
As a business owner or manager, if you’ve not been living under a rock for the last couple of years, then I am sure you know all about (or at least have heard of) ‘GDPR’. This is a European law that requires consent to be given for things like emails and online advertising, basically any time that a person shares their personal data online – they must give consent for that to happen.
Don’t be alarmed! It’s worth pointing out at this point that the likelihood of the ICO prosecuting a small business is incredibly low and they usually allow leeway for a business that can show it is planning to make the changes necessary in the near future. But, if you are a business owner, you are legally responsible for the personal data collection of your website and could therefore be hit with a hefty fine should the ICO look to investigate your site.
So what needs to be done?
If your website does not allow users to control their Cookies from the moment they hit your site, or your website automatically installs the Cookies at the moment of entry to the site, technically you’re breaking privacy laws. What you need to do is install a system that allows for only essential Cookies to be installed at the first hit and then requests users allow your non-essential Cookies (or is able to reject them easily).
If you would like to speak to a professional about your website and check to see whether your setup meets the new guidance, just contact me today and I would be happy to check for you for free.