Without getting in to the legalese of the law (spoiler alert – I’m not a lawyer), and while it may be annoying in the short term, ultimately the protections are in place to better protect you and your privacy online. So that’s all great, but you may be asking yourself: What does that mean for me and what do I need to do?
This article will cover the basics of what is required of you as a site owner and the tools available in WordPress for you to ensure compliance. Again, a disclaimer, this should not be interpreted as legal advice; and, if you have any serious questions about what is necessary for your business, consult an actual attorney.
What is Required of Site Owners?
Is WordPress GDPR Compliant?
Yes, as of WordPress 4.9.6, the core software of WordPress is GDPR compliant and offers tools to help site owners move towards compliance. With that said, since websites vary widely, no platform can offer 100% compliance. The compliance process will depend on your business and how users interact with your website.
With WordPress 4.9.6 and above, you now have new tools available for you to utilize, including:
If your theme is not showing the consent checkbox, your theme may need updating. Also make sure you are logged out of your site or it won’t appear.
Data Export and Erase Feature
With the requirements around data handling in the GDPR, WordPress now offers a tool to let you export or erase a user’s personal data if they request it. These both can be found under the Tools menu in WordPress.
What Do I Need to Do?
- Under the Settings menu, click Privacy.
- Review the page, add any additional required information, remove any irrelevant headings and Publish the page.
- Copy the link to the new page, and assuming you want to place the link in the footer, navigate to Equity > Footer Settings.
- Click Save to save your changes.
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The GDPR has already gone into effect as of May 25, 2018, and it’s unlikely your website is 100% compliant right now, but don’t freak out. You’re also unlikely to receive the scariest of punishments – a fine – as the EU states they will start with a warning, then a reprimand, and the fine is the last resort for willful negligence of the law. Just work towards compliance and everything will be fine.
In the end, the law is intended to protect you as a consumer. Being a business owner, protecting your customers should always be a top priority, so it can only help.