The GDPR: Ongoing Compliance

Written by Allen Snook on May 17, 2018 Blog, Getting ready for the GDPR.

Over the past week we’ve answered some key questions about GDPR compliance. You’ve read about the changes coming to eCommerce (and the internet in general), the importance of putting someone in charge, and how to craft a privacy policy. You learned the basics of responding to Right of Access and Right to Erasure requests, and the importance of keeping your data — and your customers’ data — secure.

There’s also a larger issue at play: privacy isn’t a one time effort. It’s part of the ongoing maintenance for your business.

The GDPR is only the latest law designed to shift the balance of power back to consumers — it builds on older laws like the UK’s DPA. And it won’t be the last; store owners can expect updates to the GDPR, and similar laws will be enacted in other countries. Keeping abreast of these laws and which ones apply to you is an ongoing responsibility.

Whoever is charged with keeping an eye on privacy matters for you will need to make sure your store’s privacy policy stays fresh, especially as you add, update, or remove plugins and third-party services. Plugins will also update their privacy declarations, as they evolve to use personal data in new ways. Stores will need to keep on top of requests and security and data retention on an ongoing basis. Data security is as much a part of day-to-day work as tracking inventory and sales.

You’re part of a larger WooCommerce community

As one of hundreds of thousands of WooCommerce store owners, you’re part of a larger community. GDPR requirements might be intimidating, but they’re not insurmountable! If you have feedback on how we can make compliance a little bit easier, we’d love to hear from you in the comments, or in the #GDPR channel on WooCommerce Slack.

Good luck, happy selling, and drop us a line on privacy at woocommerce dot com if you have anything to share about your WooCommerce experiences in this brave new personal-data oriented world.

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7 Responses

  1. Loot Deals
    May 18, 2018 at 11:09 am #

    May I know the concept of woocommerce?

  2. David Stark
    May 18, 2018 at 6:52 pm #

    Thanks for these helpful, clear and informative articles on GDPR. Much appreciated!

  3. Ali A/Aziiz aadan Yuusuf
    May 19, 2018 at 4:19 am #

    I want to get the password

  4. kyra Pieterse
    May 19, 2018 at 11:11 am #

    GDPR giving us a headache. Thanks for the information.

  5. Stefano
    May 19, 2018 at 11:34 am #

    Hi, i have 2 question….
    the GDPR say the user can deny the cookie?
    If thay do, how can we sell without cookie?

    2nd question, the GDPR say that user have right to ask erasure, but… if the customer do order, we need to keep the data of order and invoice for 10 years? How we can do? We must delete parts of data or we must waiting 10 years to delete it?

  6. AMiR
    May 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

    Good article

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