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Resources to Help Understand GDPR

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) becomes the law of the land tomorrow, 25 May 2018. At least, it’s the law of the land in the European Union, but how does it affect those of us who aren’t EU citizens and don’t live there?

Everyone has a lot of questions and, as I began to compile resources for myself, I realized that there are probably many others out there who have the same questions that I have.

First, the disclaimer:
I am not a lawyer and am NOT giving legal advice.

I am sharing links to various resources that I have found to help me wade through the requirements to become GDPR-compliant. The information contained in these links seems to be a bit more factual and less hysterical and/or mythological than some websites I’ve found, so you may find them useful, too.

First, many thanks to Tony Proctor (who I don’t think can read this because I’ve blocked Europe), who writes Parallax View, for this article:
The Blogger’s Guide to GDPR on Pipdig

From the ICO (Information commissioner’s Office) in the U.K.:
Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation

From Shaumik Daityari on codeinwp, a WordPress blog:
Your WordPress GDPR Guide: What Does the New Data Regulation Mean for Your Website, Business and Data?

Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist, has been writing about GDPR all this week, sharing measures she is taking to become compliant. Note that Judy is NOT dispensing legal advice, either.
The GDPR, You and Me

Cutting Cookies – Part 2 of GDPR and More

A GDPR Favor to Ask. . .

Delivering the (e)mail

Whether you are running a genealogically related business or blog for fun, these resources should help you get a handle on GDPR. I will be amending and tweaking my own compliance statement as I learn more about GDPR, but my statement WILL appear in the main menu bar on this blog.

As I find new worthwhile links, I will add them to this list.

GDPR and My Blog Privacy Policy

NOTE: This post will be updated as I learn more about the requirements of GDPR.

The European Union’s new GDPR law takes effect this Friday, 25 May 2018. Apparently the law is quite complicated and no one is really sure how it will be implemented and enforced.

Empty Branches on the Family Tree is not a business – nothing is sold on this site, nor is subscription by email an option. I personally maintain no lists of any kind relating to this website, nor do I share contact information via commenters’ email addresses with any person, organization or company.

I don’t write about living people, with the exception of mentioning my husband or my son and perhaps referencing a living cousin, who is not named or personally identifiable.

Until the guidelines for GDPR are firmed up, access to my blog will be limited to the United States and Canada, which is pretty much the way it was before GDPR.

Empty Branches launched in January 2014. Because emails are recorded for all who have left comments in the past,  I have gone through all comments back to the beginning and have deleted all (as far as I can tell) from readers outside the U.S. and Canada.

If anyone in the U.S. or Canada would like their comments removed, please let me know!

This blog requires the use of several auxiliary companies. Each has its own privacy policy:






Although I know very little about the GDPR law, which only applies to European Union citizens, I think Empty Branches on the Family Tree is in compliance with GDPR at this time.