But don’t worry.
Most websites collect data in many diverse ways. But for typical WordPress site business owners, here are some of the ways you might collect user data:
- Contact information when visitors leave a comment
- Comment cookies that remember those names and email details
- Names and email addresses submitted through contact forms
- Names and email addresses added when joining an email list
- Information gathered when someone registers on your website
- IP addresses and other data tracked by Google Analytics
- Advertising platforms similar to Google Adsense that track users
- Facebook Page plugin and profiling cookies
- Other Social media widgets that track users
If you didn’t already know, GDPR is a European Union (EU) law that provides people with control over their personal data collection. The rule applies to every business around the world, even if you’re not in an EU country.
Why not read this ultimate guide to WordPress and GDPR to understand how it can impact your website?
Additionally, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA) apply to businesses and service providers that cater to customers in California, so it’s another piece of legal advice you need to read up on to stay compliant in that area.
But now, the question you’re probably asking is, “Is WordPress GDPR compliant?”.
The answer is yes. Since the launch of WordPress 4.9.6, the core software of WordPress is GDPR compliant, as well as WordPress.com. The WordPress team added several enhancements to ensure compliance.
- The information you gather about people visiting your site.
- The methods you use to collect that information, for example, cookie consent, comment forms, contact forms, registration functionality, etc.
- Mentions of all third-party advertisers collecting information on your site, such as Google Adsense.
- Links to the privacy policies of each advertising program you work with.
- Any other third-party services that collect personal information.
- Instructions for how users can opt-out of advertisements and block cookies.
- Your contact details so users can get in touch with any questions.
You’ll see there are several sections dedicated to ways your WordPress site might collect personal information, for example, comments, media, contact forms, cookies, and more.
Plus, there are a few sections with no information under them, like contact forms and analytics.
For the contact form section, you can write about the information you collect and what you do with it. And if you’re already using the WPForms plugin to create a contact form, then you’re already creating GDPR-compliant forms that come with a confirmation checkbox to opt-in.
If you’re showing ads using third-party ad networks (such as Google Adsense), it’s a smart move to get users’ consent for using cookies and web beacons to collect their data. You can do this by using a plugin like Cookie Notice, or you can see this guide on the best GDPR plugins for WordPress.
Most WordPress themes include widget-ready areas for your site’s footer. They might be called footer sidebars or footer widget areas.
Head to Appearance » Widgets to see if your WordPress theme has a footer widget area.
But first, you’ll need to create a new navigation menu.
To create a new navigation menu, head to Appearance » Menu and click the Create a New Menu link.
Then give your menu a name and click Create Menu.
From there, select the pages you’d like to add to your footer menu from the left column and click Add to Menu.
Your selected pages then appear in the right menu column. Click and drag any menu item to rearrange the layout. Then when you’re done, click Save Menu to confirm the changes.
Now go to Appearance » Widgets, click the plus icon on your chosen footer sidebar and search for the Navigation Menu widget.
Then choose the custom menu you added earlier from the drop-down list of the widget settings. Don’t forget to click the Save button to confirm the changes.
To do this, you’ll have to edit a file in your theme called footer.php. Editing theme files can be tricky if you haven’t done it before, so read up on how to copy and paste code in WordPress here.
Now, in your footer.php file, add the following HTML code snippet just before the </body> tag.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Non-compliance with the law
- Loss of trust with users
- Legal liability
And that’s all!
We hope this article was helpful, and if you’re interested in adding more ways for visitors to contact you, check out this tutorial on how to make a click-to-call link in WordPress.