Explain Like I’m Five: the GDPR
I get like four emails a day about the GDPR, and because we’re not Facebook, Google, or an ad network, it doesn’t seem world-shaking to what we do. But I wanted to know a bit more, and so I Googled for “ELI5 GDPR,” “ELI5” being short for “Explain Like I’m Five,” Reddit’s awesome format for simplifying complex topics.
This Medium article is a decent high-level introduction to the topic. I came away feeling that the GDPR is basically a Good Thing that will stop big companies from doing sketchy stuff with consumer data—at least to EU citizens :(.
That left me still wanting an ELI5 for is “How do I know if this matters to my particular business, and if so what parts it matters to?” So I searched a bit more and found the linked article. It contains a good list of user rights that the GDPR encodes, and some more practical stuff about opt-ins.
From my best reading, the only way I think GDPR will really affect our particular business is making sure we don’t auto-subscribe anybody to our mailing list, which we already don’t. I’m guessing that most non-enormous websites (as opposed to web applications like Airbnb or Twitter) will be in a similar boat.
If you do business in the EU, worth at least a skim to know what kinds of things are and aren’t under discussion.