As we are all only too aware, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect on May 25. The GDPR requires companies and site owners to be transparent about how they collect, use, and share personal data. It also gives individuals more access and choice when it comes to how their own personal data is collected, used, and shared.
I need to make a disclaimer that I am not qualified to give any legal advice. But having spent 10 years working with WordPress on an almost daily basis, and should you have a WordPress website, I would encourage you to implement these updates as, in my opinion they would be considered best practise.
On May 17th WordPress released version 4.9.6, a privacy and Maintenance release, you can read the full details here.
In essence, the latest release of WordPress add an extra level of functionality soy you now have the ability to manage any data collected.
So you can export a ZIP file containing a user’s personal data, using data gathered by WordPress and participating plugins, or you can erase a user’s personal data, including data collected by participating plugins.
You also have a new email-based method that you can use to confirm personal data requests. This request confirmation tool works for both export and erasure requests, and for both registered users and commenters.
WordPress Users should add a Cookie Consent plugin, there are a ton to choose from, so you and your WordPress Developer would need to make that decision as to which one to use.
Affinity Hosting is a GDPR Compliant hosting company, that automatically updates the WordPress version so you don’t have to worry about it, we also update plugins and take a backup of your site on a daily basis, so if the worst does happen, we have you covered.