WordPress GDPR Compliance – Charles Snyder Raw #130. Since GDPR first became news, there has been a lot of fuss over it. So for this “Raw” episode, I tackle a question sent to us about WordPress and GDPR.
The EU is watching you!
Here is Phil’s question:
“How far along is WordPress in helping its ecosystem become GDPR compliant and embrace its spirit? What’s left to do?”
First, GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation and is a law from the European Union (EU). So without all the legal-speak, it is a regulation to force businesses to handle personal data in a prescribed manner. And it apparently affects businesses globally, even if they are not in the EU. Since all that is needed is someone from the EU is to join your mailing list, etc.
Essentially it’s to force big businesses like Google and Facebook to give EU subjects control over their own personal data. The same applies to every other business big or small, all over the world. Even if they are just visiting your website and the regulation went into effect on May 25, 2018.
Anyway, to answer Phil’s question, it became compliant on May 17, 2018 with the release of WordPress 4.9.6. In other words, the core platform as well as a growing number of plugins meet the requirements. But that doesn’t replace the need for individual website owners from doing their due diligence.
In regards to the rest of the WordPress “ecosystem” one must look at themes and plugins to make sure compliance is maintained. Of course there are more than a handful of plugins just for GDPR compliance. So yeah, GDPR is a headache too and there is no one single plugin that makes you 100% compliant. Fun stuff, right?
And Now A Legal Disclaimer
I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV. You as the individual website owner must research and address the issues at hand. And this article as well as the video do not replace the need for legal advice or services.
PLEASE NOTE: I no longer answer questions like WordPress GDPR Compliance on Quora. There are no checks and balances in place for the rampant censorship by some moderators. And to make matters worse, inquiries about the anonymous censorship that goes on there have yet to see any reply. Since that is the case, I will continue to help others, I just won’t be wasting my time on that website. So Say Goodbye Quora!