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What will happen if i don't follow the GDPR best practices ?

Discussion in 'Business & Tax Advice' started by kurosaki4d, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. kurosaki4d

    kurosaki4d Regular Member

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    Hi whitehats :)

    A question came into my mind, i'm sure that new GDPR has been a pain for a lot of people and made things a little bit more strict and harder to collect and send emails to our subscribers.

    That been said, i'm curious to know in case i don't write and show in a very clear way like the checkboxes for the user agreement for receiving emails in the Registration & Newsletter form while i'm using Mailchimp, will that create problems for me ? What's the worst thing that can happen ?

    I would like to know what kind of problems i might get if i choose to stick with the old ways ?


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  2. Pakman6666

    Pakman6666 Junior Member

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    I live in US so if I don't follow GDPR then nothing will happen. European jurisdiction doesn't reach this far, no matter what they say
     
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    i want to know too...following..
     
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    SEO-G Registered Member

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    OP, are you in the EU or have any company assets in the EU?

    Do you serve EU citizens or offer payments in €? If you do IMO following GDPR will obviously not only keep you out of potential trouble but will add credibility to your business.

    If none of the above applies then they really don't have any jurisdiction and are not likely to bother trying to do anything but the way they're seem to want to do things I wouldn't be surprised if you woke up one day with Merkel standing over your bed :p
     
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  5. kurosaki4d

    kurosaki4d Regular Member

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    Thank you for all your answers. If it's only aiming and affecting european countries That's good ! Because my business is online and only deals with american clients. That been said, the website is also hosted in US.

    However, what can i do when other organismes like mailchimp and others that i use with my online business have their own GDPR rules, i'm i obligated to comply with their new rules even if i'm not dealing with european citizens ?

    Also i would like to know if supposely i work with european clients while having my business in the US is it mandatory for me to respect their GDPR because i have contact with them ?


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    SEO-G Registered Member

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    If you offer a service or product to EU citizens even for free then it falls under GDPR. It's probably easier to explain when you DONT need to comply with GDPR... If you are based in Somalia with servers in South Africa and you're website is in Chinese offering payment in dollars or Yen... then your ok :)
    Which is why its a pain.

    I'm assuming that in regards to mailchimp and 3rd parties that they have their own policies which are compliant but again if personal information is stored on EU servers then its a grey area that would probably fall into the GDPR.
     
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    Zwielicht Super Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    kurosaki4d Regular Member

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    I see, thanks for clarifying that out. But isn't there an emailing provider like mailchimp that doesn't comply with the GDPR ?
     
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    SEO-G Registered Member

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    I'm not sure how mailchimp or similar have changed what they do... Some companies I've looked at have just stopped collecting personal identifiable information in order to comply.

    Each to their own I suppose.

    Most of the GDPR is just good practice and big platforms would, in the main, just need a few tweeks in order to comply but I also saw some pretty big companies here in the UK change their whole email marketing strategies.
     
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    GDPR is basically just a good practice and it demands some certain privacy of their citizens. But as far as I see, thre are only a few software which have gone in compliance otherwise most of them are more or less the same.
     
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    Not exactly true. If a chinese speaking person who lives in europe ends up on your website and you collect any type of data on that person or drop cookies, you will need to comply. Regardless of where you store that information. Thats why you see large US websites showing a GDPR message to visitors from Europe and some cant be bothered and simply block access to european visitors to prevent legal problems.
     
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    This is also true but I was assuming in my example that said Chinese person was living in China :)
     
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    You can get sued...
     
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  14. kurosaki4d

    kurosaki4d Regular Member

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    I see, but usualy we should get like a headsup or a warning before getting sued ? right ?
     
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    Its the freaking EU. Dont worry. They will not go after small fish, only the big boys are under a magnifying glass.