What is GDPR and will it affect my WordPress site?

Last Friday, May 25th 2018, the GDPR European Union law took effect. GDPR is the General Data Protection Legislation with the purpose of giving EU citizens more control over their personal data and make organizations world wide more compliant to the data privacy approach. You’ve likely seen dozens of pop-ups and emails related to this GDPR and like many people you’ve clicked accept and gone about your day without really knowing what you’ve accepted to and how it effects you.

Lucky for you WPBeginner has created the Ultimate Guide to GDPR Compliance with everything you need to know about how it will effect your WordPress website.

Here are the top questions we’ve received from clients about GDPR and WordPress with their correct answers:


How does this affect my North American business?

Answer: Even if your clients aren’t necessarily from the EU, if you have website visitors from the EU your website/ business practices will be affected.


Can I be fined if I am not compliant?

Answer: Yes. Businesses that are not compliant can face fines up to 4% of a company’s annual global revenue.


What do I need to know about GDPR?

Answer: At a very high level the most important aspects you should be aware of is about explicit consent, rights to data, breach notification and your need for a data protection officer.


Last but definitely not least, does GDPR affect my WordPress site and is WordPress compliant?

Answer: YES. Every business and website is affected by GDPR and as of WordPress version 4.9.6 you are GDPR compliant.

For all the details of these answers, check out the Ultimate Guide from WPBeginner.

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