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Is My Contact Form Privacy Friendly and GDPR Compliant?

By now you should have heard about GDPR, the European data protection regulation that will was brought into force on May 25 this year. Although it is an EU law, you will be required to comply with GDPR as long as you are engaged in storing or processing personal data of EU citizens, even if you are not an EU citizen.

Obtaining Clear Consent

Obtaining clear and unambiguous consent in advance of collecting personal data is now considered essential in terms of protecting privacy rights.

Contact Forms provides the acceptance form-tag type to represent acceptance checkboxes that are dedicated to confirming the submitter’s consent for a specific condition.

Although an acceptance form-tag can include the default:on option that makes checkbox selection by default, using this option isn’t recommended because any consent that has been obtained by default isn’t considered adequate in current data protection standards.

Don’t try to hide the conditions for consent in your Terms and Conditions or Privacy Policy document and just confirm the submitter’s consent by a single checkbox for the whole content of the documents. Each condition for how the data will be treated must be described in an unambiguous fashion, and you need to obtain clear consent for each individual item.

When the data subject is a child, you may be required to obtain additional consent from a parent.

No mater how simple you think your website is, if you have a contact form you need to comply with all the GDPR, this includes SSL, Privacy Policy & Cookie Policy.  If in doubt contact us and we can do a quick audit of your website and bring you up to date.  More info on GDPR Compliance can be found on the ICO website, or read our other blog on SSL and Cookie Policy.

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