GDPR and Webflow

Mole

Member
I will begin by stating that I am a Graphic Designer first and a Web Designer second. I work mostly on Graphics, but also build some websites. I have recently started using Webflow to design and build sites and have just completed an eCommerce website, using Webflow's built-in eCommerce hosting. All works great with the site. Webflow is good for me as I don't have to work with too much code.

The client asked a friend of his to review the site. One of the main issues was that GDPR recommends that European businesses must host their site in Europe. Webflow hosting is based in the US only.

Is there a chance that my client's site can be shut down or blocked for breach of GDPR rules?

Does this mean that I can no longer use Webflow?
 

mneylon

Administrator
Staff member
The issue is with the transfer of data abroad. So for example if the website is collecting information from people then that data would be going outside the EU which could be an issue.
To start with they'd need to make sure that their privacy policy was clear about what they're doing with personal data
You'd also need to find out what kind of policies the provider has. Some US providers will have tried to mitigate by providing a variety of things but you'd need to check with them
 

mneylon

Administrator
Staff member
Thanks for your reply.

Is it the responsibility of the Designer to write the Privacy Policy?
No
The website operator / business owner is responsible for that sort of thing
However they're paying you for your services so you would need to make them aware of what you're doing / not doing and what you think they need to get done.
All website should have some kind of privacy policy and cookie policy anyway.
 

Mole

Member
I thought not... I think Webflow are working on providing European servers for their sites anyway in the future. Thanks

One more thing... Have you ever heard of, or seen, websites being blocked in Ireland because they are not 100% GDPR compliant?
 

mneylon

Administrator
Staff member
They wouldn't be "blocked". What I have seen is US based companies blocking EU users from their sites as their handling of personal data was so dodgy that they knew they'd be breaking EU law
 
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