We released a new major version of our WP-GDPR Core plugin.
Over the past weeks, we worked towards a flexible privacy center that allows us to integrate more services. The Personal Data Overview page was a good start, but it was hard to integrate this in your theme. To remove this problem, we decided to fully redo the code.
These are the changes:
- New frontend Privacy Center UI for personal data management
- New options for users to export their personal data : PDF / COPY / EXCEL / CSV / PRINT
- Users can filter their personal data through search
- Users can sort their Personal data in the Privacy Center
- Privacy Center uses theme header + footer
- Upgraded translations for NL BE FR SE
Please update your WP-GDPR Core and all of its add-ons.
Already in the early 90’s, the European Union adopted the Data Protection Directive which regulated the processing of personal data within the European Union. The directive helped European citizens to be aware of their right to privacy, but the effect on the personal data itself was small. Partially because of the different interpretations of the directive by the individual member states.
With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a new and modernised law will become enforceable on the 25th of May 2018. The regulation wants organisations (companies, governments, NGO’s, …) to get a mindset of “Data protection by design”. And this not only for European organisations, but all organisations that handle personal data from a European citizen. Even if the organisation is located outside of the EU.
What is a Data Register?
With the WP-GDPR Core plugin and its add-ons, you have to tools at hand to process personal data and let your visitors manage that data themselves. We’re working on improving the process and explaining more on how the plugin works, so it will be easier for new users to get started with the WP-GDPR plugin. This will also help with changing the mindset of personal data.
Apart from managing personal data, it’s also very important to keep track of what happens to the personal data. Basically a history of all things related to the data. This includes:
- When did someone consent to storing the data?
- What data can we store and for how long?
- Who requested access?
- Who filed a delete request?
This “Record of processing activities” (Reference: Article 30 of GDPR) is often called the Data Register and must be available for consultation when privacy authorities ask for it. The Data Register let you keep track on who does what with personal data.
Data Register template
In many cases, creating a Data Register isn’t that hard and can be a good second step (First Step: Identifying all personal data) in getting GDPR compliant. To help you get a grip on the whole Data Register, we make a spreadsheet template available for you to download here:
(We’ve put the template in a Google Spreadsheet, so you can always access the latest version of it)
Automate all the things
As you can see, there’s some administration involved in keeping the Data Register up-to-date. In essence, the Data Register can be this spreadsheet on someone’s computer, but we suggest storing the Data Register on your website. This makes it possible to automate certain parts of storing. For example, we can store the consents from forms or the delete requests automatically in the Data Register of the WP-GDPR plugin.
Of course, since not every request or consent comes from the website, there should be an option to manually add records to the Data Register.
In future releases, we will try to make more integrations possible to automatically store the consent. We will start with the WP-GDPR Core and the add-ons.
Today we released the first version of the WP-GDPR Woocommerce add-on.
With this add-on, a customer can access its personal data without having to login.
Also, a request to delete the data can be made.
Of course, we don’t delete the billing information, since this is required by law.
In a later version, we will let users manage their personal data from within the “My Account” section.
If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!Get the add-on now
Starting 25 May 2018 all companies that process personal data of EU citizens are obliged to be GDPR compliant, this document serves as a guideline on how to make your clients GDPR aware.
What is GDPR?
GDPR wants to address the new ways of exploiting personal data through the internet and cloud technology. It also wants to give businesses a clearer legal environment in which to operate throughout the EU.
The GDPR introduces new accountability obligations, stronger rights and restrictions on international data flows. It gives people more say over what companies can do with their data.
The data that is protected by this regulation is all information about an identified or identifiable person. This can be his name, address, e-mail, but also a cookie, photo or ip-address. When you can use the data to find out who the person is, it is personal data and therefore protected by the GDPR. An organisation must do everything in its power to secure the data and have required procedures in place.
No panic! Just be aware and work towards being compliant
What can I do for my client?
Check with your client whether he collects and stores personal data. When he stores the data you need to make your client GDPR aware.
Your clients needs to understand the changes in collecting, storing and managing personal data and what they need to do in order to keep this data safe. The new regulation attaches great importance to transparency and holds companies responsible for safeguarding the collection, use and storage of individuals’ personal data. Personal data must be processed fairly and accurately, and can not be kept longer than necessary.
Companies are advised to ensure that they have detailed procedures to detect, report and investigate a personal data breach.
Use this roadmap to make your clients website GDPR Ready or use it as a plan to make your client GDPR aware :
- Audit his data: Find out what personal data is already held. Check for adequate consent. If not, delete the data or ask for consent. Keep in mind that pre-ticked boxes and soft opt-ins no longer count with GDPR. Show that you are doing your best to protect the personal information of individuals and minimize the chance that it will end up in the wrong hands.
- Update consent boxes: Create opt-in boxes to ask consent to store personal data. Explain very clearly why this data will be collected, how and for how long the data will be kept for. Start campaigns that will run to get people to opt-in again.
- Know your visitors rights: Make sure a visitor can view, edit, download and delete his personal data. Use our core plugin our on of our addon’s to help your clients with this step.
- Prepare for a data breach: Ensure the correct procedures are in place to detect and report loss or theft of personal data.
- Keep personal data safe: Make sure the data is kept on a secure server. When the data is also mailed or can be exported, make sure the person getting this info knows GDPR and keep a policy for this offline data.
- Appoint someone to own GDPR: Regardless of whether your client needs one, have someone take ownership of GDPR.
If you have any questions regarding GDPR just ask your question through our live chat support.
Released version 1.4.1 from the WP-GDPR Core plugin.
This release contains
- an improved autoloader
- a fix to prevent conflicts with the Jetpack comments
If you encounter another problem or have suggestions, don’t hesitate to ask!
We released version 1.4.0 of the WP-GDPR Core plugin.
A lot of improvements were released, but we’d like to highlight a few of them:
- Add DPO email address
- Option to not show the comments section
- Add settings feature
- Stop form submition after refreshing
- Add filter to implement checkbox in other commentforms
- Update DE language (thanks Ritchie!)
Also we made the codebase of the core plugin compatible with PHP version 5.3
Download from the plugin directory:
We released a first version of the WP-GDPR-core plugin through the WordPress Plugins directory.
Don’t hesitate to download and install the plugin.
We’re looking forward to your feedback! (and reviews of course!)
If you have any question or remark on the WP-GDPR plugin, please put it on the support forum
We plan to add some extra features and updates to the interface soon.
Since 25th of May is there soon, we’ll try to keep up the pace and will release on a regular basis.