Data Privacy

Complying with the new EU data privacy law GDPR / EU-DSGVO when using WordPress

As of May 2018, there will be a new European data privacy law in effect. The so-called “General Data Protection Regulation”, or short GDPR, will be applicable not only to any website running on servers within the European Union but also to any websites with visitors from the EU. This post will mainly cover the German perspective where the GDPR is also know as “EU-Datenschutz-Grundverordnung” or EU-DSGVO.

As of now there seems to be some insecurity and confusion about how to prepare for this new regulation. As non-compliance can result in hefty fines – and at least in Germany, fishy lawyers quickly throw around pricey cease-and-desist-letters (“Abmahnungen”) – compliance seems to be inevitable.

To my surprise there aren’t that many ressources about WordPress-specific solutions available yet. This post will be an on-going collection of links to respective ressources and will subsequently be updated in the future.

I’m happy about any suggestions in the comments!

New additions in March 2018:

  • “Worried about WordPress and GDPR? Start Here” –
  • “How GDPR Will Change The Way You Develop” –
  • “A Quick Guide to Data Protection Regulations in 2018″ –
  • New Team Forms to Facilitate GDPR Compliance in WordPress Core – WP Tavern

New additions in 2021:

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