What is GDPR?

GDPR is a regulation that requires businesses to protect the personal data and privacy of EU citizens for transactions that occur within EU member states. And non-compliance could cost companies dearly. Here’s what every company that does business in Europe needs to know about GDPR.

I'm In the USA why do I care?

If you actively sell to EU compaines or individuals including the sending of email newsletters you may need to update your privacy policies.

I use MailChimp what do I need to know?

View their GDPR information page here.

I use Constant Contact what do I need to know?

View their GDPR information page here.

Is Magento GDPR ready?

The short answer to this is no, there are several companies offering extensions to take care of these issues.

Scommerce paid version
Amasty (coming soon)
Zero-1 Free - but reviews say it's buggy.
Aheadworks Magento 2 (coming soon)

Magento says they will be releasing updates for GDPR but currently nothing has been released?
If you already have EU customers data in your mailing lists you do not need to do anything but any new sign ups and customers for your Magento site will need to consent to cookies and also you will need to clearly display what data is used for what purpose and for how long.

EU customers now have the right to delete their information and effectively be forgotten.
Many US companies are not yet ready for this change in data collection and many will think it won't affect them.

Unfortunately ultimately it will with EU countries being able to fine non compliant companies. Large businesses with trade and data collection with the EU should already be compliant and of not proceed with haste.

What should I do now?

If you se MailChimp or Constant Contact use the links above to update your accounts for GDPR that will cover any new sign ups. For Magento as soon as the extensions become available, install that and your site will be compliant.
When Magento releases patches/updates install those as soon as possible.

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