Why Does GDPR Exist?
The GDPR was passed to regulate the collection of personal data of EU citizens and requires businesses to protect their personal data, as well as their privacy, for transactions that occur within EU member states. Non-compliance with GDPR regulation could cost companies dearly. Keep in mind, even though GDPR was passed for EU citizens, it applies to all companies who collect, process, and store personal data from these citizens, regardless of where the company is based.
How Does GDPR Apply to My Podcast?
It doesn’t matter if you’re a podcaster, YouTuber, or Vlogger, this new regulation applies to you! And if you’re wondering if you should be ensuring that your podcast is GDPR compliant, the answer is YES! Even if you are not based in the EU, if your podcast has been around for a while, someone from the EU has definitely listened to your show or been to your website. Just like TV and radio stations have a set of guidelines, so too your podcast needs to have a place where a policy is visible. This is especially important when you have your own podcast website and you are collecting information for your email list. If you want your audience to interact, you need to have a policy to say what happens when they do.
What information is being collected?
Who is collecting it?
How is it collected?
Why is it being collected?
How will it be used?
Who will it be shared with?
What will be the effect of this on the individuals concerned?
Is the intended use likely to cause individuals to object or complain?
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A Summary of the Key Points
When it comes to knowing whether or not you’ve met all the GDPR requirements for your podcast, consider the following questions, ideas, and concepts.
1. Collection of Personal Data: have you stated what you’re collecting, and what you do with it?
2. Use of Personal Information: if you have your own podcast website, you are collecting visitors’ info whether you know it or not.
3. Sharing Information with Third Parties: whenever third-parties are introduced to your flow of information, you have to ensure that they too are using the data correctly, in adherence to GDPR.
4. Tracking Behavior: how will you be tracking user behavior and how will the information be used.
5. Collecting Data on those Under 13: if your podcast is kid-friendly, this point is definitely important to note and ensure that proper parental consent is obtained.
6. Giving the Ability to Opt Out: in every case where your audience can register for your site, they should be given the opportunity (easily) to un-register and stipulate exactly what you are allowed to do with their data.
7. Navigating Language Barriers and Disputes: whenever your site information has to be translated, make sure that your readers fully understand all the information stated.
8. Providing Adequate Contact Information: always make a contact option available to your readers. You want them to let you know if there’s a problem, right away. Provide an extensive list of ways to get in touch with you.
To view the full GDPR Checklist, click here.