You may have heard the term GDPR floating around social media in the last few weeks. You may have received several emails from different authors, asking you to re-subscribe to their mailing lists or blog updates so they will be compliant with GDPR. Those authors may even have sent you their updated privacy policies, asking you to read them.

You can thank GDPR for all of that.

GDPR is short-hand for the General Data Protection Regulation that went into effect on May 25, 2018 in the European Union. The regulation requires businesses of all kinds to protect the personal data and privacy of EU citizens. Non-compliance could result in hefty penalties.

I live in the United States and my website, is domesticated in the USA. As such, it might be tempting to ignore the new GDPR requirements by saying they don’t apply to me or my website.

But that assumption would be wrong.

Readers in the European Union buy my books.

Readers in the EU visit my blog and leave comments.

Readers in the EU deserve my assurance that I value their privacy and intend to fully comply with the laws and regulations that ensure their safe online experience.

After I read the GDPR language and stopped to think about it, I realized the GDPR offers EU consumers the very same protections I would like to have for my own personal information.

So I now have a new “Privacy Policy” page on my website that complies with GDPR requirements.

The policy explains in every-day terms my policies for collecting personal information from visitors to my site. It also explains how that information is stored and used.

I hope you will take a few minutes to read the entire policy so you understand it and will always feel comfortable visiting my website.

To begin reading, just click here or on the tab marked “Privacy Policy” in the menu at the top of this page.

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