The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new regulation that pertains to the uniform handling of data protection and privacy for all individuals throughout Europe, as well as the exporting of personal data to outside of Europe. The regulation takes effect as of 25 May 2018.

Personal Information

A website that is online cannot be created without personal data.  An IP address, one example of a personal identifier, is an integral part of being able to access online information. Even more personal identifiers, such as cookies and user IDs, are also commonly used.

Therefore, as soon as a website that is online is accessed, personal data is processed, and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) must be followed.

Data Protection on the Internet

The protection of personal data is of upmost importance for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Personal data includes, for example, first names, last names, email addresses, addresses, telephone numbers, birthdays, bank accounts, user names, passwords, cookies, comments (which include an email address), contact form entries, newsletter registrations with specification of an email address, social media plug-ins and analysis tools such as Google Analytics or Matomo.

In short, almost all websites are affected by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Checklist for IONOS Customers

We have created a checklist for IONOS customers to help you comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Export Data from Your IONOS Product

We have compiled a collection of step-by-step instructions showing you how you can export your data from your IONOS product(s).

More Information About the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Our Digital Guide has a detailed summary of the new legal regulation and a summary of steps that you can take.