SSL Certificates for GDPR Compliance

1st February 2019

SSL Certificates for GDPR Compliance

Do I Need an SSL Certificate to Be GDPR Compliant?

Most websites need an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate to be GDPR compliant, but it depends on what information your website collects. If your site collects and stores any information from your users then it is a safe bet to have an SSL certificate on your site to protect the user information.

This is because, although the GDPR does not specifically say that every site needs an SSL certificate in order to be GDPR compliant, if your site collects or processes user data then under the GDPR, you have a responsibility as a data controller or a data processor, to keep this information secure and protected. by having an SSL on your site (HTTPS://) you are helping to achieve this.

This information could be collected from contact forms and could be as simple as a name, email address, or phone number. This user information needs to be secured. By not having an SSL you are increasing the risk of a data breach. If your site is an eCommerce site which takes payment information such as bank details then having an SSL is mandatory.

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