My Business is in the United States, Do I Need to be GDPR Compliant?
Yes, the answer is yes! We live in a global world where location is irrelevant when surfing the web. It’s better to be on the safe side by becoming compliant than risking potential legal ramifications. Privacy today is complicated, and as a website owner, we have a responsibility to educate our website users as to what data is being collected, how their data is being used and the options they have to request data removal.
A major misconception is that the regulation applies to EU companies only; in actuality, the regulation applies to any company holding data from EU citizens. ¹~ Forbes
Interestingly, (however, not surprisingly), Google and Facebook have “forced consent“. This can lead to very complicated issues if a website user logs into your website using Google or Facebook credentials, if your website permits this.
“Facebook has even blocked accounts of users who have not given consent,” he adds. “In the end users only had the choice to delete the account or hit the “agree”-button — that’s not a free choice, it more reminds of a North Korean election process.” ~ Tech Crunch²
Key Issues Explained
This article by Forbes does a really good job outlining the major points: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kinetica/2018/05/01/ignite-your-gpu-database-strategy-by-addressing-gdpr/#2b760b921d2b.
Companies who aren’t in compliance will face hefty fines – up to $24million (20m Euros) or 4% of annual global turnover, whichever is higher. ~ Bernard Marr; Forbes³
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¹ Negahban, Nima. “KineticaVoice: Ignite Your GPU Database Strategy By Addressing GDPR.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 9 May 2018, www.forbes.com/sites/kinetica/2018/05/01/ignite-your-gpu-database-strategy-by-addressing-gdpr/#2b760b921d2b.
² Lomas, Natasha. “Facebook, Google Face First GDPR Complaints over ‘Forced Consent’.” TechCrunch, TechCrunch, 25 May 2018, techcrunch.com/2018/05/25/facebook-google-face-first-gdpr-complaints-over-forced-consent/.
³ Marr, Bernard. “Here Are 8 Things Every Business Needs To Do Now To Get GDPR Ready.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 8 May 2018, www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2018/05/07/here-are-8-things-every-business-needs-to-do-now-to-get-gdpr-ready/#22265cc17cf6.