We Have a New Monkey!

We are pleased to introduce and welcome the newest addition to the Spotted Monkey team, Ruthie Shellabarger, as our Design Monkey. Ruthie will be responsible for writing and designing content for blogs, websites, and social media. She deeply cares about producing visually interesting content and wants to continue educating herself to do so.

Ruthie recently graduated from Ball State University where she studied Public Relations and minored in Art History. Throughout her years at Ball State University, She was able to work part-time and take on four different internships, while still remaining on the College of Communications Information and Media Dean’s List.

Whenever Ruthie is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. And don’t forget her fur babies! Ruthie has a cat and a dog, named TK and Stark. When she really wants to relax she enjoys sitting on her couch with her fiancé, Anthony, watching Grey’s Anatomy.

4 Steps to Ensure GDPR Compliance

You have probably noticed an increase in Privacy Policy and Terms of Service notifications, or even an increase in websites asking you to accept their cookies policy. This is because recently the European Union released new laws, known as General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, regarding websites’ data privacy.

The sole purpose of GDPR is to protect the privacy of European citizens and prevent possible data breaches. Citizens of the European Union are given the right to awareness and transparency when it comes to their personal data and privacy.

You may be thinking, “My business is not located in Europe so GDPR does not affect me.”However, if you were thinking this, you would be wrong. Regardless of the location of your business, you are required to be GDPR compliant if your website obtains any site visitors from the European Union.

So to ensure that your business website is GDPR compliant there are a few actions you can take.

Step 1: You will need to create a Privacy Policy.Be sure that your Privacy Policy is understandable and easily accessible. Your Privacy Policy should include what data you collect, why you need it, how you obtain it, how long you keep it, who you share it with, how users can access their data, and how they can opt out of sharing at all.

Step 2: Add cookie notifications to your website to inform your viewers that your website uses cookies.You will need to obtain active consent from your viewers to use cookies.

Step 3: Apply user agreement fields to your contact forms. One large part of GDPR is obtaining consent whenever you collect data from your viewers. To meet this requirement, websites must include a field that asks customers to provide consent when they give this information to you.

Step 4: Adding a Terms of Service to your Online Store is also a great way to ensure your business is GDPR compliant. As an Online Store, you will need to obtain consent to process your customers’ personal data.

Still have questions regarding GDPR and how you can ensure that your business is GDPR compliantGive us a call at Spotted Monkey Marketing!We will walk you and your team through the process and ensure that your company is meeting all the necessary requirements.

There are many avenues, but there’s only one spot.