Hello everyone! This is the first CCHosting, Inc ( ChemiCloud.com ) post related to Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (aka GDPR) which is a new and far-reaching privacy regulation that takes effect this month, 25 May 2018.
Passed in 2016, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most significant legislative change in European data protection laws since the EU Data Protection Directive (Directive 95/46/EC), introduced in 1995. The GDPR seeks to strengthen the security and protection of personal data in the EU and serve as a single piece of legislation for all of the EU. It will replace the EU Data Protection Directive and all the local laws relating to it.
This post provides information about the law and our plans for implementing the GDPR’s important principles for CCHosting’s products and services.
We support the GDPR and will ensure all our services comply with its provisions by May 25, 2018. Not only is the GDPR an important step in protecting the fundamental right of privacy for European citizens, it also raises the bar for data protection, security, and compliance in the industry.
What actually GDPR represents and who needs to comply with it?
The GDPR, among other things, requires companies and site owners to be transparent about how they collect, use and share personal data. It also gives individuals more access and more choice when it comes to how their own personal data is collected, used, and shared.
It’s important to understand that while the GDPR is an EU law, its requirements apply to all sites and online businesses who collect, store, and process personal data about residents of the EU.
You can read the full text of the law here. We also found these resources helpful in understanding the principles and specific requirements of the law:
CCHosting and the GDPR
User privacy is critically important to us at CCHosting. Our privacy principles align with many of the GDPR principles, and we built our products and services with those principles in mind.
- Data minimalism. When you sign up for one of our services, we ask only for limited information needed to set up your account. You are welcome to add other information to your profile and account settings, but we don’t require you to give us any other personal information to get your account up and running except the ones necessary for the service payment.
- Strict Guidelines on Providing User Information to Governments. We understand that safeguarding our users’ private information is a vital aspect of the trust our users place in our services to keep them safe, and in some cases, anonymous. Our Legal Guidelines describe when we will disclose user information in response to requests from law enforcement or from complainants in civil litigation.
- Your security is one of the most important priorities. While no online service can ever be 100% secure, we work very hard to protect your information from unauthorized access. We support and promote encryption of user data and we encrypt all traffic (serve over SSL) for all of our sites, by default ( free SSL certificate included for all of your websites ). We also offer and *highly encourage* you to use our advanced security settings, like Two-Step Authentication for your ChemiCloud and cPanel account, to help protect your account and your data.
- You are totally in control of your website content. Your site is yours and your content belongs to you. We want you to have a long and happy stay on ChemiCloud servers, but if you find a new home for your site, you can always export/migrate your site to a new host, quickly, easily, and without any extra charges from us.
And there’s much more to come! We’ll continue to update this page with more information as we launch new features to enhance user privacy and data choice ahead of May 2018, and beyond.