What GDPR means for your WordPress site

By | 2018-05-24T17:31:49+00:00 May 24th, 2018|Uncategorised|

What is GDPR?

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation, and it is going to replace previous legislation regarding data protection. It becomes law in Europe on 25th May, and we have a more in-depth post of what the GDPR is and who it affects here.

As a website owner GDPR will be affecting you, and you must ensure you are compliant. So you are probably now wondering what you need to do to make sure that your WordPress site is GDPR compliant.

WordPress Update – 4.9.6

WordPress 4.9.6 is now available. This new release has focused mainly on privacy and maintenance. If you haven’t updated, we recommend you do, not just for GDPR but security purposes as well. If we’re maintaining your website, get in touch and we can get it updated. The release focuses on the new laws, and with the update, the CMS is now GDPR compliant.

Comments

Users of your site who leave comments and are not logged in will be given the option of whether their name, email and website are saved in a cookie on their browser.

Data handling

Personal data of users can now be destroyed by site owners. Users data can now also be exported into a ZIP file as users can now request all data you have on them.

Privacy policy

WordPress site owners can now designate a privacy policy page. By selecting an existing page as your privacy policy page, this page will now show on your login and registration pages.

Although WordPress is now compliant, due to the dynamic nature of websites, the fact that you will likely use many third party plugins no one solution can offer complete GDPR compliance. The GDPR compliance process will vary based on the type of website you have, what data you store, and how you process data on your site.

We must strongly advise that it is your responsibility as a business to ensure your website will be compliant. We will, of course, implement any necessary changes as a result of compliance.

If you have any questions about the GDPR and how it is going to affect your site, please feel free to contact us.

 

About the Author:

She may be young, but Kerri has a love for words and content that sets a wise head on her shoulders (as well as being up on the social media trends!). Helping the day to day running of DeType admin as well as our content, she can help you plan your social campaigns too.

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