The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a set of regulations introduced by the European Union (EU) to protect the personal data of EU citizens. To make a WooCommerce shop GDPR compliant, you can take several steps:
- Receive explicit consentMake sure you have a clear and conspicuous way for your customers to give their consent to the collection, processing and storage of their personal data. This can be done by using check boxes or similar forms of active consent on your website, e.g. during the order process or account creation.
- Limit the data collectedOnly collect personal data that is necessary for the purpose for which it is collected. For example, if you only need a customer's email address to send an order confirmation, you should not ask for their home address or phone number.
- Use a secure transmissionMake sure that all personal data is transmitted securely, e.g. by SSL/TLS encryption.
- Use data minimisationRestrict access to personal data to those employees or contractors who need it to do their job and ensure appropriate access controls and monitoring.
- Introduce data retention policies: Establish a retention policy for personal data and delete unnecessary data as soon as it is no longer needed for the purpose for which it was collected.
- Grant data access: Allow your customers to access their personal data on request and make it easy for them to ask for their data to be deleted or changed.
- Conduct regular auditsRegularly check your website and your data processes to identify and eliminate possible weaknesses.
- Implement data breach procedures: Establish an action and communication plan in the event of a data breach.
It is also important to note that the GDPR applies to any company that processes personal data of EU citizens, regardless of the company's location. This means that even if your company is located outside the EU and you have customers in the EU, you are still subject to the GDPR rules.
Suitable plugins that make your shop DSGVO-compliant are, for example:
- WooCommerce Germanized
- German Market