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Getting Ready for the GDPR…

If your business is based in the European Union (EU) or you have customers or contacts in the EU, then you have probably heard of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by now. For those who haven’t, the GDPR is an EU privacy law that will take effect on May 25, 2018. It will regulate the treatment and use of personal data belonging to EU citizens.

EU-based businesses, as well as anyone processing the personal data of EU citizens, will likely be affected by the GDPR. If you ever collect, record, store, use, or erase personal data from customers or contacts in the EU, the GDPR should be on your radar. This new law will have a significant impact on businesses around the world.

Before joining MailChimp’s Legal department last year, I worked on the Customer Support team and learned firsthand how important compliance is to our customers. It is to us, too. We’ve been working for months to prepare for the GDPR. During this process I’ve learned there’s a lot of work involved in getting a business ready for the GDPR.

Here at MailChimp, we’ve been reviewing and updating our internal data processes and systems to make sure we’re ready by May. And soon, we’ll be releasing an updated version of our Data Processing Agreement to allow our customers to continue to lawfully transfer EU personal data to MailChimp when the GDPR goes into effect.

Our preparation efforts are ongoing and will continue into next year. But we’ve already made a lot of progress. We’re committed to achieving compliance with the GDPR, and we want to help our customers do the same.

If your business is preparing for the GDPR, we know that it takes a lot of time and effort. So, we’ve created a GDPR guide for our customers. We hope you’ll find it helpful, especially with respect to your use of MailChimp under the GDPR. The guide includes an overview of the new law, details on how MailChimp is preparing for it, and information about how to make sure your use of MailChimp is compliant. We will continue to update the guide as we have more information.

If you have specific questions about the GDPR and your use of MailChimp, feel free to email our legal team at legal@mailchimp.com.


Please note that this post and the guide are for informational purposes only, and should not be considered legal advice.


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