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I would sincerely hope that the small Yoga studio is not attempting to custom code their website in this case, in which case the economical solution is for the Yoga studio to use a GDPR compliant website and mailing list toolset, and simply migrate to a different set if they find that they aren't.

Now compliance is largely handled by the tool makers, and the Yoga studio can focus on their business case and any custom coded extensions to ensure they remain compliant. (For popular stuff like Apache, compliant configurations are probably already available or will be shortly, once we all figure out if we are allowed to keep logging IP addresses by default.)

I'm not sure I understand the email jab; obviously you can store data, you just must obtain consent first, and must allow the data to be deleted on request. That's an opt-in mailing list with an unsubscribe feature that actually works and properly deletes the relevant data. Why should that be difficult for a small business to do right?




> I would sincerely hope that the small Yoga studio is not attempting to custom code their website in this case, in which case the economical solution is for the Yoga studio to use a GDPR compliant website and mailing list toolset, and simply migrate to a different set if they find that they aren't.

You just gave a perfect example of why GDPR will hurt startups and innovation.


How so?


Parent just admitted that it would be unreasonable for a small business to comply with GDPR and that larger organisations were better equipped to deal with it.


Many small business rely on wordpress because it's free and hosting is cheap. There's plugins for nearly every functionality you can imagine. Perhaps having them migrate to proprietary systems is the better solution, but I can't help but feel it's a net loss for the World Wide Web.


On the contrary, I think this is secretly a benefit. As soon as WordPress updates to include all the necessary tools to be GDPR compliant, every small business using their platform should be able to easily pull those features in with minimal developer work. The common platform is a boon here because it helps everyone work together on the issue, rather than requiring the smaller players to implement a mountain of work by themselves.




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