WordPress 4.9.6: A GDPR Compliance Release


By: Drew McManus

If you’re a WordPress user, you might have noticed the recent 4.9.6 update release. This is an important update in that it enables you to help make your site compliant with the European Union’s (EU) new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regulations thanks to the following changes.

A New Privacy Policy Setting Admin Panel

Ideally, you already have a Privacy Policy page up and running at your website. If you do, this part is super easy to handle; all you need to do is:

  1. Go to Settings > Privacy.
  2. Select your existing Privacy Policy page from the dropdown list.
  3. Select Use This Page.

That’s all there is to it!

You’ll want to make sure you’ve updated your Privacy Policy and related Terms of Use language so they comply with the new GDPR standards. To that end, you’ll find an article here from 4/17/18 with additional insight on what those changes should include.

Are You Ready For GDPR Compliance?

User Data

If you allow site visitors to create accounts, you’ll want to take note of the new Export Personal Data and Erase Personal Data admin panels, both of which are child menu items under Tools.

These are tied to the new requirement for allowing users to request personal data you’ve collected and/or request that their data be deleted.

If you allow comments, you’ll notice a new checkbox option for logged-out commenters on whether their name, email address, and website are saved in a cookie on their browser to make future comments faster.

Even if you don’t usually install core WordPress updates right when they are released, you’ll want to make sure you give yourself some time to get this one up and running before May 25, the date when GDPR compliance goes into effect.

Drew McManus
Drew McManus
In addition to my consulting business, I'm also the Principal of Venture Industries Online but don’t let that title fool you into thinking I'm just a tech geek. I bring 20+ years of global broad-based arts consulting experience to the table to help clients break the cycle of choosing one-size-fits-none solutions and instead, deliver options allowing them to get ahead of the tech curve instead of trying to catch up by going slower. With the vision of legacy support strategy and the delights of creative insights, my mission is to deliver a sophisticated next generation technology designed especially for the field of performing arts. The first step in that journey began in 2010 when The Venture Platform was released, a purpose-designed managed website development solution designed especially for arts organizations and artists. For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, lead a team of intrepid arts pros to hack the arts, lead an arts business incubator, and love a good coffee drink.
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