In some cases, yes, it is
The wolverine is a fierce, solitary animal. These creatures have been known to kill animals more than four times their own size just for a little damned privacy. I can respect that. I have been making a study of Web privacy for several months now to help my clients comply with new, scary-sounding privacy legislation. This article is not going into the dark alphabet forest of issues related to GDPR, DSGVO, PIPEDA, CCPA, or COPPA. I’m going to share some of the practical things that I am doing and offering to prevent my clients from running afoul of these regulations (as I understand them).
Big disclaimer …
Like with anything, there are good, better and best levels of compliance on these regulations and unless you are doing loads of business with customers in the EU, UK, Canada, and California, AND you are not in the business of capturing and selling website visitor data, you can probably get by with a minimum of fuss. But I’m not an attorney, and if you are concerned about your company’s privacy law compliance you should get the help you need, and not trust what your web developer says.
I had no idea we were serving cookies!
Cookies. What a friendly sounding name for the little packets of info that can be compiled by big data monsters to develop a profile of what we do while online and using our phones. Some programmer named Lou figured that these little nuggets of info could be useful to store what’s in somebody’s shopping cart or if someone is logged-in or not. Later, the EU got worried about the practices related to third-party tracking cookies and the potential for privacy abuses. And this in large part, triggered the spate of privacy legislation we enjoy today. And yes, your site is using cookies.
How do I check on my site?
So, maybe you were wondering … how can I get a trusted, third-party assessment of the privacy and security robustness (robustosity?) of my site without getting trapped by some spammy sales pitch generator? Easy, look to Europe! Sweden even.
These privacy minded folk have a tool https://webbkoll.dataskydd.net/sv/ where you can plug in your website address and get a free instant analysis of all of your site’s privacy related faults – along with suggestions on how to fix them all.
It might scare you a little, so get your tinfoil ready!
https://complianz.io/ to the rescue