Authors, are you ready for GDPR?

Excellent summary post from the Authors Guild about GDPR and the effect for authors selling into the EU.


In 2016, the European Union adopted its new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will take effect on May 25, 2018. The regulation, which aims to strengthen EU citizens’ rights to protect their personal data, may seem inconsequential to anyone outside the EU. However, it will change the face of data privacy and protection around the world and will require almost immediate action from anyone who gathers any personal information, including email or IP addresses, from EU citizens, regardless of where the collector of the personal information is located. Starting May 25, anyone who collect any such information, including through the use of cookies, will have to obtain explicit permission from EU citizens to use the data and explain in clear, unambiguous language exactly how it will be used. Violations of this regulation can be extremely costly and can incur millions in fines.


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