If you’re a digital publisher, you’ll want to check out this list of the top WordPress plugins for GDPR compliance.
More than a year has gone by since the General Data Protection Regulation went into effect, and publishers are still wondering what the ultimate impact will be. Although hefty fines were supposed to be a deterrent that kept online publishers in compliance, records show that no publishers have faced GDPR fines — yet.
That lack of enforcement within the digital publishing community could changing soon. The lag time between when the GDPR went into effect and when publishers will start seeing more comprehensive enforcement has given those in the digital media world a grace period to bring their websites into compliance. With all signs pointing to that grace period coming to an end—and industry experts saying enforcement is expected to get much tougher in the coming year—publishers are racing against the clock to ensure their media websites are designed in a way that follows the guidelines set out in the GDPR.
Publishers with WordPress websites are at an advantage in this regard, as a number of software developers have stepped forward with their own WordPress plugins for GDPR compliance.
Here is a roundup of popular WordPress plugins for GDPR compliance.
Note: Installing these plugins alone may not make your website GDPR compliant. To ensure your website has the right configurations, please consult with a legal advisor and a WordPress website development company that specializes in working with digital publishers.
WordPress Plugins for GDPR Compliance
1. Complianz – GDPR Cookie Consent
2. Cookie Notice for GDPR
3. WP GDPR Compliance
WP GDPR Compliance is fast and free, making it a good option for digital publishers looking for help preparing their websites for the GDPR. WP GDPR Compliance was created to give publishers a way to overcome fragmentation in the privacy data space. The plugin adds basic consents to digital media websites and keeps a consent log for supported plugins. It also adds checkboxes to support plugins for explicit visitor consent. Publishers can quickly install the WP GDPR Compliance plugin through the WordPress plugin directory or by uploading the plugin through a FTP-client.
4. Ultimate GDPR Compliance Toolkit for WordPress
The Ultimate GDPR Compliance Toolkit for WordPress plugin is much more comprehensive than other plugins on this list. It’s also more expensive. With a $19 license, the plugin’s developers say digital publishers can meet all GDPR requirements. Ultimate GDPR Compliance Toolkit for WordPress handles cookie consents and data access, with advanced features like a dedicated form for users to request deletion of stored data and customizable privacy settings. Protection shortcode blurs any content that requires cookies consent until consent is given, as well.
5. GDPR Cookie Consent Banner