What Is the GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation lays down rules relating to the protection of people's personal data and also includes rules relating to the free movement of personal data.

GDPR seeks to protect fundamental rights and freedoms of people and in particular their right to the protection of personal data.

How Is Beacon Preparing for GDPR?

Appoint a Data Protection Officer (completed)
Kevin McGrath has been appointed as the company's Data Protection Officer.

Updated Privacy Policy (in progress)
We are in the process of updating our Privacy Policy so that it is GDPR compliant. When this is finalised, all users will have the opportunity to review the new policy before agreeing to it.

Ensure Right to be Forgotten (completed)
We have undertaken substantial changes to the way in which we store user's data so that when someone requests that their account is deleted we can ensure that all data is permanently erased.

Ensure Right to Access (completed)
Any Beacon customer will be able to request a copy of any personal data we store for their account.

Email Communications (completed)
We occasionally send emails to Beacon users with information about product updates and special offers. As part of GDPR we have made it easier for people to choose which type of emails they wish to receive via our email updates page.

Product Updates for GDPR Compliance

Beacon's Lead Capture feature enables our customers to collect email addresses from their readers. When our customers use this feature they will become a 'Data Controller' according to GDPR.

To ensure that our customers can maintain full compliance with GDPR we are making the following updates to the Lead Capture feature:

Addition of Informed Consent Checkbox (completed)
According to GDPR, anyone who submits their email address to you should be fully aware of what they are signing up for and you should be completely transparent about what you use their email address for.

We are in the process of adding a checkbox feature to the Lead Capture opt-in form so you can better inform your readers of what they are subscribing to.

Storing Proof of Consent (completed)
When someone opts-in to your Lead Capture form you should be able to prove their location and also what they consented to. We will record this information for you in a format that is easy to export.

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