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 Keeping, it Real – GDPR Compliance

 I love hanging out in blogger Facebook groups, especially when I am in brain overload with my online college classes. It helps me decompress and take a moment to think about my business and what I should write about next. GDPR Compliance has become a screaming topic, so here we go.

So, with that said, I would like just to do a short thought about whether to pay for legal page templates for a blog, website, or any other online presence.

Just to backtrack a moment I want to mention a posting I saw about a person looking for advice on what to do to do about how to get GDPR compliance and whether she even needed to be GDPR compliant as an American small business and hobbyist.  

Some comments people left really surprised me. Some people had some good ideas and others were pretty off base from a legal standpoint.

The Life Blood of a Business

Now, I am not a lawyer, but I know that staying legal is part of the lifeblood of your business.

Bad blood = sick body, healthy blood = healthy body. Think of legal pages as part of your blog’s body armor before a joust. What people still do that?!

Ok, maybe you should view your legal pages as a contract displayed on your website that protects you and your readers from being victimized or taken advantage of.

It sets the rules for everyone to play safe, kind of like the disclaimer contract on the back of your tickets for a fun-filled day at the amusement park but without all the cool rides and long lines.

Not only do you need to protect your blog for YOUR peace of mind, but it is also a REQUIREMENT to comply with the law that you have legal pages on your blog.

If you did not already know, this may be an overwhelming realization, but do not worry; you’re not alone, and there are affordable options for you.

Back to the GDPR Posting

Back to the GDPR posting, some comments she received for finding legal pages were to use a free plugin.

  • Well, yes, you could do that, but the plugin will probably not be complete; it will not have everything you need to comply with the law.
  • You do not know who wrote it or if that person is even a lawyer
  • Or if you install it, they will ask you for money, anyway.
  • So yes, you could grab a free plugin, but will it protect you and your blog? Will it comply with the law?
  • Is it iron clad protection?
  • Probably not.

Nothing is more important than your legal pages being written properly, except paying taxes and making sure all your legal ducks are lined up in a row.

The rest of your business are your dreams, ethics, and execution of your plans brought to life and hopefully on the way to bring in an income you can thrive on, maybe even more, so you help to employ those who love your vision and want to jump on your bandwagon of goodness and perhaps social entrepreneurship.

Dream Big…,

Where did that 800-Pound Gorilla Come From?!?!

The next comment I saw was a SUPER DUPER UPER BAD IDEA. Unless you enjoy gaining the attention of an 800-pound gorilla who is ready to rip your arms out of your sockets for stealing their IP (intellectual Property).

So, what was this metaphorically deadly advise?

 Taking or borrowing (stealing) someone else legal pages and changing them 10%. I am guessing this person got confused with the “change it 10%”  suggestions for art and design. It is a belief by some that you can take an idea like art change it 10% and call it your own.

This is still debatable about what 10% means because you have to change more than just the color and shapes for it to mean 10%. It is the actual art and design style that needs to be changed in order to be maybe considered original artwork worthy of copyright ownership.

Musicians, designers, and artist do spend time in court defending their copyrights from infringers, sometimes a juicy legal battle ends up in the news for the whole world to hear. But this is the type of 10% they mean does not include legal writtings. The 10% rule is a sticky trick thing that can land you in court.

And you may find yourself in court for violating copyright laws and infringement.

So what about changing legal pages 10% well being legal in general I would imagine changing the verbiage even 1% or dare I say one word could change the meaning of the meaning of the whole contract.

So bad idea, plus you WILL arouse the attention of the 800 pound gorilla AKA LAWYER who wrote those legal pages you just lifted from them and their client(s).

Self Dentistry

The next suggestion I read was to write your own. Ok unless you are a lawyer I would not do that.

I would NEVER write my own legal pages. Writing your own legal pages is like doing your own dental work, I would never do my own dental work… Dentist do not even do their own dental work…,

Now lawyers would never do their own dental work either, but they would probably write their own legal pages because after all they are lawyers.

Point being leave important things like legal stuff for a lawyer. They understand all the nuances of the law that lead to protecting the little and big stuff.

So find a good one and listen to them.

Oh wait I have a good one for you already.

If you were one of people who made one of the comments above? I total understand. It is part of DIY thinking and trying to save money because you just dropped a bunch of cash on your online business and you haven’t gained it back yet so the thought of paying for ONE MORE SERVICE is like “oh man I have to pay for this too.”

 I get it, been there. But this is one area you just can’t cheap out on. Gotta go for the GOLD!

But don’t worry it cost way less then Gold but just as valuable. At least in my opinion it is just as value able as gold. Its probably more valuable especially if you run into a legal issue or a some kind of cyber pirate.

Do cyber pirates exist?

By that name, probably not. I am sure they go by another name while virtually riding around via coding in spider-bots as little avatars wearing little pirate eye patches and fancy feathered hats.

In case your not sure if that was a joke at least I hope it was a joke, at least the last part was a joke.

Its ok to laugh even if it is because it is that absurder. It is half a truth.

SIDE NOTE: If you would like to read about my expereince figuring out how to solve the whole legal page thing. You can check it out here.

My Reaction

So, what was my comment?

I wrote:

I can’t think of any better investment to make for your business than to invest in legal page templates written by a lawyer who is also a blogger!” WIN / WIN

 Amira is an awesome and interesting person who is very professional and personable. She is not only an actual lawyer but a blogger herself. 

So when it came time to build my legal pages I went all out and bought her legal bundle templates for my blogs because I needed all three legal pages and it is the best deal. I couldn’t be happier. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, THEM.

I had a few questions and she was on it, no problem. My legal pages were up and ready within 40 minutes, most of that time was from me trying to figure out how to stylize the fonts the way I wanted.

The bundle truly saved me hours upon hours of research and time trying to figure it out myself just to end up paying a lawyer for their time to look it over and make corrections, or more than likely rewrite everything

Legal pages such as a Disclaimer, Terms and Conditions, and Privacy policy page are A MUST have for BLOGGERS and WEBSITE OWNERS.

Amira has fair prices.

I found her through Create and Go , which is an awesome program by the way

I was so HAPPY with my EXPERIENCE and RESULTS that YES, YOU GUESSED IT, I also became an affiliate. 

Yay, thank you, Amira!!

 

I know what your thinking did you really write all that?

Yes, I did.

Should you buy them?

If you need them yes.

(Hint: IF you do not have them you need them 😉 )

Is it worth it?

Yes, every penny!! The price to speak to a lawyer is $250-$500 an hour then you still have to pay to have the legal documents written up.

The bundle is best priced package deal that covers you for everything you need and cost less than one hour of a lawyer’s hourly rate.

Check it out here

More…,

What Happened Next?

For those with good memories and are thinking “what the heck! I am still waiting on the answer to the GDPR issues…,” the commenter’s never addressed that part of her question. But…,

No worries. it is covered in Amira’s legal bundle.

Not located in the states? That’s ok too just ask Amira she is pretty easy to talk to.

Cheers Elizabeth Cl -
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