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Donata Stroink-Skillrud

Privacy and Email Marketing to Residents of the United Kingdom

These days, it is rare to find a company that does not send email newsletters or performs email marketing. However, suppose your email list includes individuals that reside in the United Kingdom. In that case, there are specific rules that you will need to follow to ensure that your email marketing does not violate any privacy laws, such as the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (PERC) and the United Kingdom Data Protection Act 2018 (UK DPA). Otherwise, you could face steep fines or even be required to delete residents of the United Kingdom from your list. In this article,

Gather Consent Cookies Contact Form
Privacy
Donata Stroink-Skillrud

How to Properly Gather Consent on Websites

Modern websites are built to bring leads to the business, whether it be individuals setting up an appointment, subscribing to an email newsletter, inquiring about products or services, or purchasing such products or services. One consequence of bringing in new leads that many businesses don’t think about is that the individuals submit their personal information, such as names, emails, phone numbers, or IP addresses, to the website. Personal information such as the above is commonly collected by websites and is now regulated under various privacy laws. In addition to requiring certain websites to have a Privacy Policy, these privacy laws

Privacy
Donata Stroink-Skillrud

American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA): What You Need to Know!

If you have been following privacy news lately, you may have seen that states such as Virginia, Colorado, Utah, and Connecticut have all passed new privacy laws that go into effect in 2023. Those of us that work in the field have labeled the phenomenon of each state passing different privacy laws with different requirements as the “privacy law patchwork.” As privacy laws can apply to businesses outside of the state in which the laws have passed, the patchwork leads to businesses having to comply with numerous laws with different requirements. The patchwork is caused by the fact that the

Privacy by Design and Foundational Principles
Privacy
Donata Stroink-Skillrud

Should You Design Websites with Privacy in Mind?

When building websites for clients, you usually have to juggle multiple priorities, from staying within the budget to presenting outstanding designs that your clients will love, to building out all of the features and functionalities that have been requested. One facet of website design that many designers and clients overlook is the meeting of privacy-related requirements. In this article, we will discuss why you should keep privacy in mind when designing websites, the concept of privacy by design, examples of best practices, and some tips so that you and your agency can build beautiful websites that also meet privacy requirements.

Privacy
Donata Stroink-Skillrud

Google Analytics: Privacy Friend or Foe?

The truth is that most of us have either used or installed Google Analytics on client websites. It’s relatively easy to use, provides great insights on website performance, and gives excellent clues on how to improve engagement. In fact, Google Analytics has become so popular that it’s used on over 28 million websites and many agencies usually have it listed in their standard operating procedures for building new websites. Even though Google Analytics is a great tool that many of us are intimately familiar with, Google Analytics has also made headlines recently for a different issue – privacy law non-compliance.

EU-US Data Transfer Agreement
Privacy
Donata Stroink-Skillrud

EU – US Data Transfer Agreement: What We Know So Far

There are a few hot topics such as hefty fines, Google, Facebook, and new laws such as Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA) that usually take the limelight when it comes to privacy. One privacy concern that has captured the interest of privacy professionals, business owners, and news outlets lately is the new data transfer agreement that would provide a mechanism for personal data to be transferred from the European Union (EU) to the United States (US). While this agreement is still in its infancy stage, it will significantly impact how companies manage privacy and data transfers, and thus it

Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA)
Privacy
Donata Stroink-Skillrud

Preparing for the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA)

While the United States does not have a federal privacy law (unless you are in healthcare, financial services, or are targeting children under the age of 13), more and more states are passing their own privacy laws to protect their residents. One such state is Virginia, which passed the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA) in 2021. While this law goes into effect on January 1st, 2023, companies that need to comply should begin their preparations now as the requirements of this new law are extensive, and the penalties for failure to comply are steep. In this article, we will

MainWP 4.2 Released
Important Updates
Dennis Dornon

MainWP Becomes a True Privacy-First WordPress Manager!

Today, I am happy to announce MainWP 4.2, a relatively big release that includes a lot of privacy updates for us, you, and your clients. Your Privacy Guaranteed Being focused on privacy, we tweaked a few things at our end: For the Plugins: We worked with Donata Stroink-Skillrud of agency attorneys. Donata is not only an attorney focused on privacy, but she is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP). Along with that, she is the Chair of the American Bar Association’s E-privacy Committee and Vice-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Committee. Using her knowledge and expertise,

q&A with Donata
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Q&A with Donata Kalnenaite of Termageddon helps consultants with privacy policy needs

Donata Kalnenaite is the President of Termageddon. She started the company with her fiance, Hans Skillrud, to help businesses with privacy policies, terms, and disclaimers for their websites. Laws for these areas are changing rapidly, and Termageddon provides a platform to keep them updated to be compliant with laws. Donata is a privacy and technology attorney licensed in the state of Illinois. Further, she is the Vice-Chair and the Newsletter Editor of the American Bar Association’s ePrivacy Committee and the Chair of the Chicago Chapter of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She serves as the legal engineer for Termageddon’s

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