WordPress is a giant in the world of websites, powering the bulk of the world’s websites. The latest version of WordPress, and some popular WordPress plugins, now include useful features for GDPR compliance to help WordPress users stay on the right side of the law.
WHAT DOES GDPR MEAN?
GDPR means the General Data Protection Regulation. In 2018, the EU passed the GDPR, a new law aimed at protecting the safety and privacy of EU citizens’ personal data online. The aim of this new law is to give EU citizens more control over the use of their personal data by online entities. However, this regulation has the tasking effect of requiring all websites to take a stronger stand on managing the privacy users’ personal data.
The consequence of noncompliance can be stiff. First-time violators would receive a note of warning and then a reprimand. If noncompliance continues, there will be a suspension of all the site’s data processing activities. This is followed by severe fines (about 4 percent of a company’s annual global revenue, or 20 million euros)
However, GDPR does not forbid websites from the collection or use of visitor data. It only asks that sites give users total control over the date is used. The GDPR covers activities which include the collection and management of user information such as Names; Email, Age, Addresses; Ethnicity, Financial information; Gender identity and Health information
Until the regulation was set in motion, websites depended on “assumed consent,” which implicated users by the very act of using the website. But now, websites that collect these kinds of data have to seek users’ clear consent through a positive opt-in. They also need to inform users on how their data will be put to use.
On a final note, the GDPR requires websites to notify authorities of data breaches within three days and immediately inform users about the possibility of data compromise.
Website owners are tense as a result of GDPR because of the laws many facets and how it is possible to slip into noncompliance. However, WordPress makes this slip impossible.
HOW WORDPRESS WORKS WITH GDPR.
After the EU GDPR privacy regulations came into place, WordPress released a new version 4.9.6. It has enhancements built in the source code to make WordPress sites GDPR compliant. These include:
Opt-Ins for Commenting: WordPress comment options usually allow users to register, drop an email address. They can also take similar action to validate the comment. With each new comment, users have to click a box to grant WordPress access and permission to their data.
Data Management: In the new version, WordPress included an “Export Personal Data” feature. This gives users control over their data. It can be accessed from the Tools tab on the site’s Admin dashboard. This makes it possible for users to download their own data or delete it.
Plugins Add More Options: WordPress included a new feature that offers options for handling user data. However, to meet peculiar desires, popular WordPress plugins have added GDPR compliant features to plugins such as statistics and analytics trackers, contact, and subscription for.
GDPR is a law to ensure that internet users do not lose their rights on the net, and WordPress has the features you need to ensure you don’t break the GDPR code.