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    Carly Henry
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    You may have heard the terms GDPR and privacy lately. As of May 25, 2018, new European legislation has set a new ‘General Data Protection Regulation’ to enable your website visitors from the EU to better control their online data. There is a steep fine for failure to comply with this new law.

    The state of California also requires websites to have a privacy policy if they serve customers from California.

    Before I go any further, I am not a lawyer. I am a website developer who wants to make sure you give this the attention it needs. Please, consult a lawyer to ensure that you’re covered.

    I’m actually not just a website developer, and I’m not going to tell you exactly what you need in your privacy policy (see above). Also, I’m a librarian, so I’m going to give you resources to find out more information.

    We are not lawyers. If you have any questions, please consult with your lawyer.

    And first, let me go through some of the privacy-oriented changes in WordPress.

    Privacy Information in WordPress

    WordPress has introduced new privacy control options.

    Privacy Policy

    If you don’t have a privacy policy yet or if you do, you should start by going to Settings > Privacy. There you can select (or create) your privacy page. If you click on the links for the guide, you can see how WordPress and other themes and plugins store user data on your website.

    Keep in mind that these tools were just released for developers, and many themes and plugins have not been updated yet. Hopefully, this will change soon.

    Export and Erase User Data

    Under Tools, there are 2 new menu options, Export Personal Data and Erase Personal Data. In short: you’ll enter a username or email address, and WordPress will send the user a confirmation. Once they click the confirmation link, you will be prompted to export a zipped file or to erase their data.

    Depending on your settings, some user data may be retained.

    We are not lawyers. If you have any questions, please consult with your lawyer.

    Now, on to the links. There’s a lot of information here, including: the official GDPR website, 3rd party information about the GDPR, and information specific to GDPR and WordPress.

    GDPR Official Website

    2018 reform of EU data protection rules. (2018, June 08). Retrieved June 9, 2018, from https://ec.europa.eu/commission/priorities/justice-and-fundamental-rights/data-protection/2018-reform-eu-data-protection-rules_en

    We are not lawyers. If you have any questions, please consult with your lawyer.

    3rd Party Information About GDPR

    Trunomi & Commvault. (n.d.). EU GDPR Information Portal. Retrieved June 9, 2018, from https://www.eugdpr.org/

    We are not lawyers. If you have any questions, please consult with your lawyer.

    GDPR and WordPress

    Balkhi, S. (2018, May 28). The Ultimate Guide to WordPress and GDPR Compliance (in Plain English). Retrieved June 9, 2018, from http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/the-ultimate-guide-to-wordpress-and-gdpr-compliance-everything-you-need-to-know/

    Snook, A. (2018, May 18). Right to Erasure Requests for GDPR with WooCommerce. Retrieved June 9, 2018, from https://woocommerce.com/2018/05/getting-ready-for-gdpr-right-to-erasure-requests/

    Automattic. (2018, May 30). Your WordPress.com Site and the GDPR. Retrieved June 9, 2018, from https://en.support.wordpress.com/your-site-and-the-gdpr/

    Squarespace. (n.d.). GDPR: What to Know. Retrieved June 9, 2018, from https://inforrm.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/62283-onepagegdprwhattoknow.pdf

    WPMUDEV Blog. (2018, April 12). GDPR: How it Affects WordPress Site Owners and Developers. Retrieved June 9, 2018, from https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/gdpr-how-it-affects-wordpress-site-owners-and-developers/

    We are not lawyers. If you have any questions, please consult with your lawyer.

    For those interested in WordPress Development

    DeLuzio, S., & Nelson, M. (2018, May 17). GDPR For WordPress Plugin and Theme Developers. Retrieved June 9, 2018, from https://scottdeluzio.com/gdpr-for-wordpress-plugin-and-theme-developers/

    WordPress.org. (n.d.). Privacy in the Plugin Handbook. Retrieved June 9, 2018, from https://developer.wordpress.org/plugins/privacy/

    Jolley, M. (2018, April 10). How we’re tackling GDPR in WooCommerce core. Retrieved June 9, 2018, from https://woocommerce.wordpress.com/2018/04/10/how-were-tackling-gdpr-in-woocommerce-core/

    We are not lawyers. If you have any questions, please consult with your lawyer.

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