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GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and Writers by Paul Anthony Shortt
If you use any online service, your inbox has probably been filled with emails recently telling you about updates to privacy policies. If you’re wondering why this is, it’s because of a new EU law called the General Data Protection Regulation. While its goal is good – ensure that the privacy people is protected, whether online or offline – the law will have consequences for anyone who gathers and uses people’s personal data online.
First a caveat: I am no legal expert. My comments here, and the links I’ve collected, should in no way be considered a substitute for professional advice. If you’re running a business, and you collect your customers’ personal data (names, email addresses, etc.) then please consult a data privacy expert and ensure you’re compliant.
With that out of the way, let’s get into this.
1: What is GDPR? – Before we begin, we’ll need to look at exactly what GDPR is and how it came about. This handy RTÉ article gives a nice summary of what it entails.
2: What GDPR Means for Authors and Bloggers – GDPR will affect different businesses in different ways. Authors and bloggers have their own concerns and industry-specific pitfalls to consider. This article tackles these issues and how you can address them.
3: GDPR and Your Email List – It’s widely acknowledged that mailing lists are the most powerful form of marketing an author can have. You’ll need to read this post to see how to make sure your mailing list is compliant.
4: What Authors Need to Know – This article expands on what steps you should be taking, as well as providing information about what steps popular email list providers are already taking.
5: New Laws on Data Protection – An older article, but the Society of Authors still helps impress upon you the importance of GDPR compliance.
6: What Publishers Need to do About GDPR – It’s not just us writers who have to consider how GDPR will affect us. Publishers, too, will need to make some changes. This counts double for those of us who self-publish and are in effect our own publishers.
I realise that these articles duplicate a lot of content, but I cannot stress how important it is to ensure you’re GDPR-compliant. On May 25th, the laws change, and while it’ll make things safer for all of us, we also have a responsibility to ensure we’re protecting whatever data we’re gathering. Good luck!
(c) Paul Anthony Shortt