A Curated List of GDPR Resources

Simply Secure is dedicated to helping designers and developers build technology that protects people’s privacy and security. Thus we welcome the upcoming EU regulations for data protection, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as a promising step in taking seriously people’s rights to privacy and security online.

Over the past few weeks (and leading up to the deadline of May 25, 2018), we have collected some resources and examples that we found helpful or interesting. We hope that these tools and checklists will help smaller organizations get some last-minute advice and explainers.

GDPR-compliance is the minimum of what we need to do as ethical designers, and it is only the start of a conversation we all need to engage in. These are exciting times!

General Privacy + UX

Simply Secure Knowledge Base


What is GDPR, and why should designers care? (Fast Company)


Guide to GDPR

Course from Karlstad University

Privacy By Design

PBD Primer

Foundational Principles

Privacy by Design Framework

Ad Tech + GDPR

GDPR Will Pop the Adtech Bubble (Doc Searles)

Interactive Advertising Framework

Patterns and Catalogues

Data Permissions Catalogue (Projects By If)

New Digital Rights (Projects By If)

Data Portability (Projects By If)

Assessment Plans

GDPR Checklist

GDPR assessment and implementation plan - Processors (Corrick, Wales, Partners)

GDPR assessment and implementation plan - Controllers (Corrick, Wales, Partners)

In Practice

GDPR and The Engine Room (The Engine Room)

GDPR Actionable Advice

OpenGDPR Framework

A Flaw-By-Flaw Guide to Facebook’s GDPR Changes (TechCrunch)


Onboarding New Users

A complex tool can be hard to understand for new users. Here are four tips around designing for their specific needs. From our video series, Design Spots.

Bringing the Offline Online: Reviewing the Developer Experience of Awala

Technologies like Awala bridge digital divides and provide opportunities for people to connect safely, even when traditional infrastructure and politics might block their access. As part of the OTF Usability Lab, we performed a heuristic review of Awala and a review of the developer experience. Here we highlight the Developer Experience (DX), where we provided recommendations to make it easier for third-party developers to adopt the technology and suitable use cases.

Quick Tool Feedback

Designing alongside your users will make your tools respond best to their needs. We'll show you how to get instant input from your users. From our video series, Design Spots.