Understanding GDPR: How I’m Updating My WordPress Powered WooCommerce Sites to be GDPR Compliant

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Understanding GDPR: An Overview of the Spirit of the Law

Length: 6 minutesComplexity: Easy

On the surface, GDPR might seem like a burdensome regulation that is causing millions of website owners to jump through a ton of new hoops in order to avoid hefty fines. However, if viewed from the customer’s perspective, the spirit of the GDPR¬†legislation seeks to put the customer first, by placing them in control of the data they share with you.

It may come as a surprise to some business owners, but customer’s sharing their data with you, whether to leave a blog comment or purchase an item in your WooCommerce store, is a privilege, and one that you should not take for granted, let alone abuse.

At it’s core, that is the spirit of GDPR, and if you’re a business owner who seeks to profit from abusing your customer’s trust, then perhaps you shouldn’t be in business in the first place.

GDPR Essentials: Updating to WordPress 4.9.6

Complexity: Standard

To begin the process of becoming GDPR compliant, it is absolutely vital that you update WordPress core to 4.9.6 or greater. This is because WordPress 4.9.6 includes three very important items needed to ensure your site becomes GDPR compliant. This lesson provides an overview of these three important items and how updating to WordPress 4.9.6 will provide a huge step towards your site becoming GDPR compliant.

GDPR Essentials: Adding Checkbox on Comment Form

Complexity: Standard

This lesson demonstrates how to add a checkbox to your WordPress comments section, in order to get explicit consent from your site visitors for storing their information for future comments. Ideally, this should be a relatively smooth process, however, if your theme is not updated to be GDPR compliant, or if your theme is overwriting the standard WordPress comment form, you can run into problems. This lesson shows you how to update, but also demonstrates three work arounds should you run into problems with your theme.

GDPR Essentials: Adding Boilerplate Privacy Policy

Complexity: Easy

The second great feature of WordPress 4.9.6+ is the inclusion of a default privacy section that allows you to create a boilerplate Privacy Policy covering sections vital to GDPR compliance. The video below demonstrates how to create this boilerplate Privacy Policy page. We will cover each section in detail, in a future lesson dedicated to [...]
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