How to ensure your project management complies with GDPR


We've made more data in the past two years than in all our previous time on this planet. The world's volume of data is expected to reach 44 trillion gigabytes by 2020. That's 44 zettabytes if you're interested.

This means that breaches, identity theft, and other data misuse have become a growing concern. To combat this, the European Union is bringing in its new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on May 25th, 2018.

It aims to empower individuals by giving them greater control over their data, and clarifies the legal environment in which businesses will operate. Part of this clarity is the introduction of strict regulations and serious financial penalties for non-compliance.

Everybody said, "Use Trello," but the problem is I’m a German guy, I don’t want to have my data somewhere else. Beginning in May [with GDPR] it’s completely not possible to use it in my opinion.

— Dr. Oliver Ratajczak

Anyone acting as a controller (determining the meaning and means of processing of data) or a processor (handling such data) of personal data of any EU citizen falls under this jurisdiction.

For many businesses and individuals performing project management (or sales tracking, editorial scheduling, and even breakdancing tuition...) using SaaS tools, GDPR brings a host of new challenges. One of the biggest concerns is ownership and storage of data.

  • As personal data must be stored correctly, and deleted upon individuals' requests, third-party involvement can make things trickier.
  • Hosting your tool of choice on your own site instantly gives you greater control of your data, simplifying the route to GDPR compliance.
  • In effect, a project management tool hosted on a WordPress site, for instance, makes it easier to run a GDPR-compliant Trello equivalent.

Kanban for WordPress offers a versatile kanban boards tool that is hosted on your WordPress site, giving you full control over your data.

To stay organized and on the right side of GDPR compliance, download Kanban for WordPress for free today, or check out our Pro version for extra power and flexibility.