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Effects of GDPR in Your Digital Marketing Planning

Written by Mark Coleman

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a hot topic amongst digital and online marketers. Although it had already been in weight for past two years, the reason why anyone of us wasn’t concerned much about it was that it was operational at just a provisional level. GDPR came into full effect in the start of May 2018, and with its inauguration, almost every marketer is worried at what extent could it affect digital online marketing and everything associated with it. From the marketing planning to all the activities, everything must change or at least research about it in order to stay on top of anything that can happen.

GDPR purpose is to make sure customers are endowed power to control their data. Although it will be costly to implement, GDPR will always be welcomed by customers because, in the end, data controlling is what matters the most to everyone.

Every marketer and individual involved in an online business agree that implementation of this regulation for data protection is genuine and important. But how it affects their digital marketing planning and everything else that follows it is the ultimate concern of everyone. When these things happen, it tends to change the shape and layout of the global marketplace completely. Digital marketing depends on gathering personal data for targeting customers, ads with the help of cookies and cache memory. When they are limited with this regulation, it can leave a huge impact on their capabilities to do target more users.

The reason behind the creation and implementation of GDPR

As the age of digital and social media dawn on us, data theft and illegal usage became common. To make sure data is protected, European Governing Bodies designed GDPR to protect personal data locally from any exploitation. It also protects personal data from being exported to any foreign entity. The goal of all the European Governing Bodies is to prevent any data theft and to make sure it isn’t used without individual consent.

EU has committed itself to sustain privacy on individual data and information. It tends to protect it from the advancement in online globalization, technology, and every other aspect that enhances the risk of consumer data theft.

One of the main reason to introduce this regulation was to augment trust between users and technology providers, by any means necessary. European Union is ready to associate punishments to any business company or certain business individual if they found out any breach in their general data protection. They have employed a legal framework, that provides disciplinary methods to online marketing firms, and business individuals who crack their policy.

Individual privacy with GDPR

Personal data is identified as to private, professional or public life by GDPR. It includes names, bank account details, and date of birth, photos, medical information, IP addresses, and device IDs. Whenever your business model or strategy involves getting personal information from a customer, GDPR will make sure that Digital marketing firms or business individuals first look for your concern. This also means that spending time on the World Wide Web will make you see more pop-up advertising when the host website uses cookies.

Although there are many ways businesses are aligning themselves with these strict regulations of GDPR, the best way to build trust with your customers and users is asking for their consent via terms and conditions agreement. When a consensual collaboration of data takes place between a business and a user, it is important to keep everything transparent for both the parties. This is another way to comply with GDPR terms.

How to organize yourself for GDPR

The GDPR demands online businesses and companies to gather overt consensus from their customers before collecting any individual data. The definition of this term tells us that the data must be taken unmistakably by informing the consumer with complete details. The consumer also reserves all the rights to know when and where they will be asked to provide that data and the purpose.

If in any way the business fails to comply with any of the terms on their part, they can face utter consequences. So we recommend every business operator to make sure their digital marketing team plans any tactic for the future by keeping GDPR in mind.

Privacy follow-ups

These are formal and typical notifications that you declaim when validating for new applications and services. GDPR wants every business to conduct their work in a transparent and perfect way. So online businesses have to work extra hard to be more exact and readable. GDPR makes sure you provide users with a complete set of information regarding your policy of cookies and information, and they discourage small sized long text which anyone hardly reads before finally putting a check on the agreement box.

Following are some questions that are important for any business to conduct in their GDPR agreement.

  • What is the reason behind data gathering?
  • What is the major purpose of data collection in the first place?
  • What will be the amount of information you want to obtain?
  • Will you share it with any third party?
  • Who will be the in charge of data collection and all AI applications?
  • How will you conduct any misunderstanding on the customer part?
  • What will you do to avoid any illegal privacy breach?
  • What will be the consequences if any illegal breach happens?

Effects and penalties of disagreement

Strict rules and penalties are going to be enforced if any business fails to comply GDPR. It will also affect your digital marketing planning heavily as there are few options you can choose from, or come up with new ideas. Penalties of disagreement include vetoes, notices, restriction of operation and data gathering, sanctions and data suspension. You can also end up paying hefty fines up to 4% of your annual turnover. Fines can also vary with respect to the disparity they caused.

ICO is responsible for making decisions and awarding punishments. There are different factors that can influence them such as nature of the problem, either the act was intentional or was caused due to negligence. It can also be an infringement of personal data, along with the way of discovery.

 

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Mark Coleman

Mark Coleman is the editor at MarkupTrend. He is also a technical writer and digital marketing expert. He handles all marketing related activities at MarkupTrend along with her team.

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