On May 25th, the European Union will begin enforcing the GDPR – a sweeping set of regulations designed to return control of user data back to the users. These rules apply to EU people, not EU companies – so if you have a business or website that deal with folks from the EU, then you need to comply with these rules. Note that even if it’s just a newsletter, you could be on the hook for damages if you didn’t obtain proper consent from your subscribers.

Ruth Carter is an Arizona attorney and an authority on intellectual property, business startups, contracts, and internet law. She is an American Bar Association Legal Rebel, a Phoenix Business Journal 40 Under 40, and a Super Lawyers Southwest Rising Star. Ruth also wrote three best-selling books on guerrilla marketing and social media law including The Legal Side of Blogging: How Not to get Sued, Fired, Arrested, or Killed. Ruth is also a professional speaker and has spoken at South by Southwest, Content Marketing World, Intelligent Content Conference, Women in Travel Summit, BlogHer, Dad 2.0 Summit, Ungagged, Phoenix Comicon (now Phoenix Comic Fest), and BlogPaws. She’s also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, CEO Blog Nation, U.S. News, and on NPR.

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Carey Parker began programming computers in middle school when personal computers were just starting to become popular. For years, these twin interests percolated until he attended Purdue University and he learned you could get paid to do this stuff – it was called Electrical Engineering! After obtaining a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in EE, Carey wrote software for multiple companies, large and small. In recent years, particularly after the Edward Snowden revelations in 2013, he became deeply concerned about computer security and privacy. In 2014, he combined his passion for computers, cybersecurity and fantasy novels with the long-time desire to write the book: Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons.