User Data Privacy and GDPR [WordPress]


User Data Privacy and GDPR [WordPress]

Everybody has heard about GDPR by now. This post is about how it relates to our WordPress plugins and add-ons and it’s intended to help our customers understand which tools they have related to GDPR compliance.

We’ll present a brief summary and a refresher before the main content.

Short Version

  • We understand the importance of GDPR to our users’ business. We have created a list of resources to help admins ensure their websites are compliant with user data regulation. The highlight is a GDPR And Data Privacy documentation article.
  • Two WordPress products are receiving updates related to user data control: Customer Reviews and Rating and Question and Answers. Other products will also receive lesser important updates.

What is GDPR?

GDPR stands for the European Union (General Data Protection Regulation). It comprises of a series of rules intended to protect the data privacy of its citizens.

It was approved by the EU Parliament on 14 April 2016 and is set to be enforced starting on 25 May 2018.

For more information, please check GDPR’s portal or GDPR’s Final Text.

WordPress Announcement

WordPress has addressed GDPR compliance in its 4.9.6 Privacy and Maintenance Release (May 17th). Some of the features include: