GDPR Compliance for Websites and Marketing

Learn how to make your website and marketing processes complaint with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

We’ll take you through what we know. Tips on how to make your website and marketing compliant along with links to handy resources.

What is GDPR?

Think of it like this. If you store information in a system (such as a digital folder in the cloud, or a filing cabinet in your office) that could be considered personal (e.g. name, mobile number, image or even IP address) then you need permission from that person to store their information. That person could be a customer, prospect or staff member.

As long as you ask for permission before storing the information and tell them what and how you will store it then you can store what you like… As long as you have permission. There are other factors but that is the gist of it. For more detail visit the ICO’s website who are responsible for enforcing this regulation.

Step 1: Listen to our interview with GDPR experts

A brilliant interview with Rebecca Hardy, from Kidwells Law, and security expert Jeremy Aldous-Fountain before their excellent workshop on GDPR.

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Step 2: Run through our 6 point checklist (with bonus tips)

A list of 6 things you need to review to help your site be compliant with GDPR.

Read Compliance Checklist

Step 3: Search for free GDPR workshops in your area

Your final task is to search for Free GDPR Workshops on Google and look for anything happening soon in your area.

Search for Free Workshops

Website Compliance Checklist

1. Your site runs over a Secure Socket Layer (SSL).
This means that data transferred between a visitors browser and your website is protected from prying eyes. It’s also something Google recommend and as such they may give you a search ranking benefit over competitor sites who don’t. To find out if your website runs over SSL check if you see a padlock icon next to your domain name or you can see ‘https:// just before your domain. If you see either of these then you are already using SSL.

2. You have a cookie and privacy policy.
These documents explain what data you collect, how you store it and who you share it with. Ideally these documents should link from every page in the footer.

3. Your site shows your legal company name.
This included your limited company number and VAT number if applicable on at least one public page. We often recommend to put this on your contact page.

4. You are not asking for information you don’t need.
This is a good time to slim down those contact forms. Shorter forms can mean more people filling out the form. Review all the fields and remove those which are of little value to you.

5. Your email subscription forms use double opt-in and you have permission from your subscribers.
Double opt-in mean that when a new subscriber adds their email to your list they will receive an email to confirm they really do want to subscribe. If you’ve not got permission from everyone on your list we recommend starting up a new list with double opt-in as soon as you can then asking people to confirm their subscription. Read more about Double opt-in.

6. Your website and plugins are updated regularly.
If your website is built on WordPress then it’s worth checking it is up to date as this can prevent the site becoming hacked, possibly resulting in a data breach.

Bonus points

7. Your website doesn’t collect a visitor’s IP address
An IP address is also considered personal information under the GDPR so we recommend asking Google Analytics to make it anonymous.

8. Your website is backed up securely.
Ideally your website files and database should be backed up every day over a secure connection.

9. Your site loads in under 2 seconds.
This is good for your visitors but can also give you an advantage with Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). You can test your site’s speed using the Pingdom speed test tool.

10. Your site is mobile responsive.
This means that your site’s design adapts to best fit the device it’s being displayed on. This is also a benefit in SEO over your competitors. Check your site using Google’s self test page.

11. There are no missing pages on your website.
To find out which pages people aren’t seeing check the ‘Crawl Errors’ section of Google Search console.

Services to help you with GDPR compliance

GDPR Web Legal Pack

From £330*

The minimum must-have documents for your website to be GDPR compliant.

  • Data Protection & Privacy Notice
  • Information Security Policy
  • Website Terms and Conditions
  • Text for gaining consent
  • Full customisation
Our legal partner, Kidwells Law, can also supply additional services such as consultancy, training on site, data audits, gap analysis, Data Protection Officer roles. We will pass on your details to them if you are interested.

Faster, Secure Hosting


If you want to make your site faster and more secure your should find out more about our hosting, backup and WordPress support packages.

  • Website, database and domain hosting
  • Tweaks to speed up your site
  • SSL security and daily backup
  • Support and expert advice
  • WordPress updates

Website Review

From £380*

We critically evaluate areas of improvement on the design, search optimisation, speed and usability of your website. Where time allows we’ll even implement these changes for you.

For more information view our Website diagnostic page.

*All prices exclude VAT, travel and associated expenses. View our full price list.

Speak to us about how you can use your website more effectively in your business.

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More information on GDPR

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