GDPR Compliance – Is Your Website Ready?

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The new GDPR law comes into effect on May 25th and website owners around the world are scrambling to make their sites compliant by the deadline. Over the past week or so my inbox and social media feeds have been swamped with GDPR–related content, either from companies sending out re–consent emails or website owners looking for help and guidance.

As I deal primarily with individuals and small businesses, I’ve spoken to lots of concerned website owners who are bemused by the new legislation. Along the way, I’ve discovered lots of helpful tools that make compliance a little easier but there are still some basic things that can be stumbling blocks for smaller businesses.

The specific compliance requirements for each site vary depending on the data being processed but a privacy policy is often one of the first hurdles for site owners who wish to be compliant but don’t necessarily know where to start. Enter Legalo, a UK–based team of internet lawyers that have created a wealth of legal document templates aimed at helping small businesses across a wide range of areas.

Achieving compliance

Legalo’s research has shown that over half over small business websites are not legally compliant as they fail to include a privacy policy and a set of terms of use for their website – both of which are legal requirements. Many e-commerce sites also only provide a web contact form, rather than an email address, which falls foul of e-commerce regulations.

As part of their mission to help site owners achieve compliance, GDPR or otherwise, Legalo have offered Websmyth clients free access to some of their most popular web compliance document templates. These include:

  • privacy policy (this includes a cookies policy) – now GDPR compliant
  • website terms of use (this includes an acceptable use policy)
  • email disclaimer
  • a full GDPR compliance kit

Each of these templates comes with a handy, plain–English guide that walks you through how to use the documents and edit them for your own site. Legalo also promise to keep them up–to–date and send free revised versions when the documents are changed. There’s also a free helpdesk service on offer for any legal questions on the templates being used. It goes without saying that this isn’t a replacement for seeking specific legal advice for your website, but for owners of smaller sites this is a good place to start.

Help!

In order to take advantage of Legalo’s generous offer, drop me an email so we can get you started with the documents. I’d also highly recommend taking a look around their site and blog, where they regularly post on issues such as website compliance.