Novice Guide: GDPR for bloggers using WordPress
With the GDPR coming in force from 25th May 2018, the confusion surrounding the issue has still not settled. And what does it mean for non-EU countries?
Let’s break it down, shall we? In 2016, the European Union passed a regulation that replaced an older Data Protection Directive. The regulations applied to all of EU without any new laws being passed in individual countries. The transition period ends on 25th May 2018.
GDPR, short for General Data Protection Regulation

GDPR sets out the following principles with which any party handling personal data must comply. All personal data must be:

  • Processed lawfully, fairly, and in a transparent manner in relation to the data subject;
  • Collected for specified, explicit, and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes; further processing for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes shall not be considered to be incompatible with the initial purposes;
  • Adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which it is processed;
  • Accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date; every reasonable step must be taken to ensure that personal data that is inaccurate, having regard to the purposes for which they are processed, is erased or rectified without delay;
  • Kept in a form which permits identification of data subjects for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the personal data is processed; personal data may be stored for longer periods insofar as the personal data will be processed solely for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes subject to implementation of the appropriate technical and organisational measures required by GDPR in order to safeguard the rights and freedoms of the data subject ;

Does it apply to me?

It applies to you if you process personal information AND are processing it as part of an enterprise. Article 4(18) defines enterprise as ‘a natural or legal person engaged in an economic activity, irrespective of its legal form, including partnerships or associations regularly engaged in an economic activity’.
GDPR defines “personal data” as any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (a data subject); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier, or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural, or social identity of that natural person. All organisations(including bloggers) that process personal data will need to be compliant with GDPR by 25 May 2018.

What should we do?

You need to mainly take care of following things:
1. Consent
Should I register with the ICO?
Generally bloggers are only processing personal data for the core business purposes.  You therefore do not have to register with the ICO(Information Commissioner’s Office).
We recommend you to take up “REGISTRATION SELF ASSESSMENT” to confirm if you have to register with ICO.

Is Latest version WordPress GDPR Compliant?

Yes, WordPress 4.9.6, the WordPress core is GDPR compliant. WordPress team has added many GDPR  enhancements to make sure that WordPress is GDPR compliant. We’re talking about self-hosted WordPress.org

ITs also true that, due to the dynamic nature of WordPress websites, no plugin or solution can offer 100% GDPR compliance. The GDPR compliance process will vary based on the type of website you have, what data you store, and how you process data on your site.

so what does this mean?

By default WordPress 4.9.6 now comes with the following GDPR enhancement tools:

 

Disclaimer: This post is not legal advice. For full information and guidance please see the GDPR site and seek professional legal advise.

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