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General Data Protection Regulation
Posted by Wayne Smith on 24 May 2018 03:15 PM

GDPR OverviewLearn How To Keep Your Customer Data Private

Protecting data is a key component of running a successful online business. Without security measures in place, businesses and customers are at risk of having private data exposed. With the new General Data Protection Regulation, we're taking steps to inform our merchants how they can achieve compliance and protect their data.

 

Hackers' Tools Are Evolving.

Traditionally, ecommerce platforms and content management systems that give merchants complete control of the checkout pages use a direct API connection to facilitate payment via the payment gateway. However, if a hacker gains access to the page templates of your checkout flow (on any platform where you have access to the base page HTML/CSS and JavaScript), they can install JavaScript designed to scrape off credit cards before they're sent to the gateway. This inconspicuous fraud process allows card numbers to be harvested without being noticed or breaking a checkout.

 

What is GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the European Union's new data protection guidelines for how businesses collect, process, and store private customer data.

 

Who does GDPR Affect?

The General Data Protection Regulation applies to any business or organization that operates in or has customers who are citizens of the European Union. Businesses that utilize third-party software and services to collect, process, and store data are also responsible for their compliance to GDPR. In other words, your business will not be compliant if the software your business uses is not compliant with the new regulations.

 

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