A Curated List Of Resources For GDPR Compliance

GDPR Compliance

What is the GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is a European privacy law approved by the European Commission in 2016. It is an attempt to strengthen, and modernize EU data protection law and enhance individual rights and freedoms, and it goes into effect on the 25th of May 2018. The GDPR regulates, among other things, how individuals and organizations may obtain, use, store, and remove personal data. In a nutshell, it’s giving EU citizens and residents control over their personal data while simplifying the regulatory environment for international business that takes place in the EU.

GDPR is a very hot topic these days and for good reason. It’s really hard to find good information on what you need to do with your website or SaaS application to get compliant.

Wheather you’re a SaaS owner or a developer, it doesn’t really matter. You need to know this stuff, there’s no way around it.

For SaaS Owners

GDPR Hysteria

Answers some of the most common questions about what GDPR means for your business.

GDPR Requirements in Plain English

An easy to understand guide that describes each article and provides actionable advice.

Help Scout, GDPR, and You (Webinar)

If you’re a SaaS owner, you need to see this one. It is mostly about what Help Scout’s has done to get compliant but most of the information is relevant to most SaaS apps out there. It’s a very good walkthrough of what GDPR means, how it affects you and what you need to do in order to get compliant.

Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

This one lays out everything you need to know in a very easy to use format, with a nice table of contents you can browse.

The GDPR Compliance Checklist

This is a basic checklist you can use to harden your GDPR compliancy

Preparing for GDPR: 12 steps to take now

A very nice guide in PDF format that covers 12 steps you can take right now in order to prepare for GDPR.

Privacy by Design Cheat Sheet

While it doesn’t talk about GDPR, it’s a good resource to help you take better decisions when it comes to data security.

For marketers

GDPR: B2B vs B2C – can you still email your database?

This is a very straight forward explanation on how to design your marketing forms to take into account the GDPR regulation.

Seth Godin on GDPR

Here is Seth’s advice on how to look at GDPR. He’s also got a podcast linked to in the article, on the same subject.

If you are using Mailchimp

Mailchimp’s GDPR FAQ

GDPR Tools are Here: Updated Forms, Improved Contact Management, and More

Mailchimp GDP (PDF)

If you are using ConvertKit

GDPR Workshop + Q&A

A very detailed presentation of ConvertKit’s GDPR compliance tools & best practices. It also answers a lot of questions from the audience.

Convertkit GDPR

This is the page to visit if you want to learn everything there is about GDPR + ConvertKit.

For Developers

GDPR – A Practical Guide For Developers

This is probably the best article I’ve seen on GDPR compliance from a developer’s point of view. It goes through what you need to do in terms of application features.

I will be updating the list as more resources show up on my radar so be sure to check back regularily or sign up to my newsletter to be notified of changes.

Adding GDPR Compliance to My Rails App and Technical Blog

If you’re running a Rails application, you might want to check this one out. It talks about how to configure your Nginx, Rails app, Google Analytics, etc.


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