If you’re worried about the new EU GDPR laws coming into effect on Friday 25th May then don’t panic, help is out there. There has been lots of talk of potential big fines being issued, but as we understand it there are three stages before this that include a warning, a reprimand and data blocking, giving you plenty of opportunity to get fully compliant first.

One of the key issues with the new legislation is operating in a transparent manner and letting your website visitors know exactly what data is being collected and for what purpose. This includes obvious data that can be used to identify a person, such as name and email address on mailing lists but also less obvious data, such as Google Analytics. You also have to have consent from a person before they can add a comment to any of your posts.

The best first step you can take is to create a Privacy Policy. The good news is that WordPress introduced a new update this week that automatically generates one for you. In your WordPress admin panel, go to Settings > Privacy and you’ll see a way to either add an existing page or generate a new one with some sample text. You’ll need to tweak the text as prompted so that the document is tailored specifically to your website. If you already have a privacy policy, go ahead and generate a new one anyway and save it under a different page name. You may be able to draw upon some of the data and add it to your own page.

You’ll then need to add a menu link to your finished page, normally in the footer (depending on what theme you’re using).

Disclaimer: This is not legal advice and it does not make you fully GDPR compliant.