Do you run a personal blog, maybe on Shopify or WordPress? If you have a blog, no matter where it’s hosted, if you collect email addresses from people, you need to have a data protection plan in place. Not having this critical feature could land you in hot water.
Before explaining how to implement data protection, it’s important to understand what data protection is and how it differs from data privacy.
What is data protection?
As a leader in data security, Box explains it perfectly. Data protection, also called data security, “refers to the processes and strategies related to securing data’s availability, integrity, and privacy.” Data privacy, on the other hand, restricts access to data by only allowing access by authorized users.
When you collect email addresses on your blog, you probably don’t need to be concerned with data privacy, but you do need to consider data protection.
1. Personal blogs are subject to data breaches
No website is immune to data breaches. Any website with a database can potentially be hacked and that data can be stolen and/or exposed. It can happen to any website, even a personal blog.
Are you an entrepreneur running an email marketing campaign? Do you use WordPress? If so, you’re definitely a target for hackers. Hackers use automated software to search for WordPress installations and plugins with known vulnerabilities that haven’t been updated in a while.
If you store any contact data inside your WordPress database and you get hacked, you could be in big trouble. You could even get fined for not honoring simple requests made by EU residents under GDPR.
How do personal blogs become subject to a data breach?
The most common way your blog might fall victim to a data breach is if you’re
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