A Quick GDPR Recap

In recent years, the EU has put together GDPR requirements for websites that operate in Europe. In this article, we’ll share the basics of the GDPR and why it’s necessary. Then we’ll share some free resources designers can use to ensure their sites are in compliance with the GDPR.

What is the GDPR? 

GDPR stands for “General Data Protection Legislation.” This is a law created by the European Union (EU) that first came into effect in May 2018. The GDPR determines how personal data can be used, processed, and stored. Personal data is identifiable information about a living person.

The GDPR applies to all organisations in the EU and those that supply goods and services within the EU or that monitor EU citizens. Each business and organisation must understand the GDPR to ensure they’re compliant with the law.

Any individual EU citizen has the right to demand access to their personal information. They also have the right to ensure that a business or organisation destroys their personal data.

As you can imagine, the GDPR applies to a vast number of businesses and falls into areas such as marketing, health, and more. So, each business that deals with personal information must be compliant with the GDPR or face stiff penalties.

What is GDPR So Important? 

The GDPR is important because it creates a single law that all EU businesses and organisations must use. It means governance of the way personal data is used, stored, and processed. And it gives each person in the EU the right to control the way their personal data is used.

Before the GDPR, the European Commission found that only about 15% of all citizens in the EU felt they had control over their data. Lack of trust stemmed from this issue and made people wary of doing anything online, such as shopping, sharing personal data with business or government sites, and more. The GDPR was a method to build confidence in using the Internet.

Who Does the GDPR Apply To? 

The GDPR applies to any individual or organisation (including businesses) that handles personal data within the EU. Any countries that handle personal information outside the EU are called “Third Countries” under this law. Each country has its own data protection laws; however, they must also comply with the GDPR when:

  • Supplying goods/services to the EU
  • Processing data about citizens residing within the EU

Now that you have a basic understanding of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), let’s move on to the tools you can use as a designer to ensure your sites are compliant!

  1. GPDP WordPress Plugin

WordPress 4.9.6 included some new privacy tools that are especially geared to making a site GDPR compliant. Not only that, but the WordPress plugin also goes the extra mile! It allows you to add user content management, cookie preferences, and anonymisation capabilities. It also provides you the ability to manage user data requests.

You’ll find some very helpful tools in this WordPress plugin!

  1. GDPR Module for Drupal

Do you have a Drupal site? Are you looking for ways to ensure your Drupal site is GDPR compliant? Then check out the GDPR module for Drupal!

This module allows users to see the specific data your website collects. It also offers tools for admins to easily manage data and user content.

  1. Awesome GDPR

You can find a list of tools created by developer Erwan Richard. He’s curated a list of tools and resources that help designers create compliant sites.

You’ll find alternatives to Google Analytics, Maps, social sharing buttons, and more that don’t track user data.

  1. GDPR Tracker

Do you use a third-party or cloud service? Do you know these services are compliant? Do you know if sub-processors are compliant with the GDPR? If not, then you may want to use a tool called GDPR Tracker.

The tracker offers many types of compliance information. For instance, you can find where a company is headquartered (by country), their current compliance standing, certifications, a list of sub-processors they work with, and more!

  1. Anonymiser

If you work with a database filled with personal user information in a developer environment, you may want to use a tool such as Anonymiser.

This tool is not meant for production environments; however, it offers more security when you’re working in the development phase.

  1. Cookies EU Banner

Cookies EU Banner is a lightweight JavaScript library used to obtain user consent to be tracked for services such as Google Analytics.

This tool uses only a small bit of code on the top of your page. That’s it! The library also offers the option to not set cookies until the user has accepted your policy.

  1. Let’s Encrypt

Let’s Encrypt is a global Certificate Authority that makes it easy for people and organisations around the world to obtain, review, and manage SSL/TLS certificates. This is an automated GDPR assessment tool that makes it easy to set up an HTTPS server. The tool then automatically obtains a browser-trusted certification without a human being involved. Each site can provide more security over user information for those using their sites.

  1. AvePoint Privacy Impact Assessment (APIA) System

The AvePoint Privacy Impact Assessment (APIA) system automates the GDPR assessment and evaluation process. It then keeps you updated to ensure your site is compliant.


If you’re wondering which third parties are collecting user data on your sites, then check out GDPR CLI. This is a Node.js command-line tool that scrapes your site and looks for any outside services that may compile data.

The service is set up to find code from different Google services; however, the developers plan on making the tool find code from other service providers, too.

Summing It Up

While the chaos caused by the GDPR won’t go away any time soon, there are tools that can help ensure your sites are compliant. And remember, this is a problem faced by web designers and developers around the globe! So, you’re not alone in looking for ways to make your sites compliant with the GDPR.

The resources in this article can help you through many aspects of the GDPR governs. Use them to ensure your processes are compliant from the beginning.

A Quick GDPR Recap ultima modifica: 2022-06-05T19:15:54+00:00 da Liam Pedley


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