Tuesday, May 15th WordPress Releasing GDPR Tools
May 25th is the GDPR Enforcement Date
First, my standard quick disclaimer: I’m not a lawyer and the information in this newsletter isn’t legal advice. Rather, it contains a selection of information from various sources. If you need legal counsel, please consult an attorney.
This is Part III in this series and addresses the new GDPR and Privacy tools that WordPress is planning to release
Overview of Part I & II
The GDPR (https://www.eugdpr.org/) becomes enforceable from May 25, 2018. It gives EU citizens control of their digital data by empowering them with the right to know when personal data is being collected, what data is being collected, access to that data, and to purge it on request. the legislation affects not only businesses and organizations operating in Europe, but also those ‘processing the personal data’ of people living in the European Union. Which includes most websites around the world.
New WordPress GDPR & Privacy Tools
The WordPress team is scheduled to release WordPress version 4.9.6 Tuesday, May 15th.
GDPR tools that are expected to be included in next weeks’ release:
- Add tools for anonymizing of commenters
- Add opt-in for commenter cookies
- Cookie notice
- User access to personal data collected (primarily sites that accept comments, have user login area(s), run a forum, and/or have online stores)
Items planned for WordPress version 5.0
- Add a way for registered users to request deletion or anonymization of their private data
- Add to the privacy tools a means to erase personal data by username or email address
How to implement the new tools on your website