GDPR Privacy Policy

Yes, is GDPR compliant! We take the protection of personal data very seriously, and treat them confidentially and according to the GDPR.


It is your responsibility to ensure that Showiplocation services are permitted and abide by your local laws. Any information presented below is not legal advice and you should not rely upon it as such. The GDPR is a complex regulation: we recommend that you seek legal advice to understand it and prepare for it.

What is GDPR?

GDPR is an EU-wide privacy and data protection law that regulates how EU residents' data is protected by companies and enhances the control the EU residents have, over their personal data. 

The GDPR is relevant to any globally operating company and not just the EU-based businesses and EU residents. Our customers' data is important irrespective of where they are located, which is why we have implemented GDPR controls as our baseline standard for all our operations worldwide. GDPR has taken effect from 25th May 2018.

Basically, the regulation means that you have to go through all of your personal data processing activities and make sure that they comply.

Data processing activities on websites are usually of two types:

  1. Contact forms, name, email subject, messages, etc. where personal data is explicitly requested and submitted directly by the user.
  2. Cookies and online tracking, where information is collected without explicit user knowledge.

With the enforcement of the GDPR, you have to revise what data you are gathering in both these situations, whether you really need this data and why, how you are keeping it secure and inform/get consent from the user.

The second item, 'Cookies and online tracking', directly concerns Showiplocation and your use of our service. By default we collect your visitors' IP addresses and write cookies on their computers. The IP is needed for geo-location, and the cookies are needed for two reasons (1) recognize a repeat visitor (this is how we tell you that a given visitor is back on your site for the third time and that his previous visit was 2 days, 3 hours ago).

Note that neither the IP nor the use of cookies identify a natural person. We know that a visitor was on your site, we know what he did on the site, we know that he was there before, but we don't know 'who' this visitor is: we have no way of identifying him or her personally.

Also, we do not share your data with anyone. It is yours and yours only.

Still, you are responsible for implementing GDPR on your own site, which means informing/obtaining consent from the user for the use of cookies and the collection of IP addresses.

At this stage you have two options:

  1. Post a message on your site for EU visitors stating that by continuing their navigation they consent to the use of cookies and the collection of their IP address to help with the measurement of the traffic on your own site (and for no other purpose).

  2. Turn off IP collection and/or the use of cookies for EU visitors.

We have setup new tools to help you meet the new GDPR requirements is show a GDPR compliance message to EU visitors and EU visitors only.

Showiplocation can be configured to automatically anonymise data so you don't process any personal data. This allows you to completely avoid GDPR. If you decide to process personal data, Showiplocation provides you with various features to easily comply with the GDPR guidelines. We have added a new function which will allow you to detect only EU visitors and present them of your use of cookies and/or the collection of IP addresses with a warning message.

Note: to prevent this message from being shown multiple times to the same visitor we are writing a cookie when first shown, then reading the cookie when the user comes back. If the cookie is set we do not show the message again.

If you decide to keep Showiplocation running with cookies enabled, here is a list of the cookies that get written on your visitor's computer, with their purpose and duration:

Description of Cookie Purpose
PHPSESSID We use this session cookie to remember you and maintain your session whilst you are using our website.
_cfduid Cloudflare Cookie To Identify Devices
_ga Google Analytics Cookie Used to distinguish users.
_gid Google Analytics Cookie Used to distinguish users.
gdpr_accept Cookie to check GDPR & Privacy Policy Acceptance.

Note: The cookies and traffic data that we collect on your behalf are not shared with anyone other than yourself.

As always, please contact us if you have any questions