The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation ( GDPR ) takes effect on May 25. The GDPR requires companies and site owners to be transparent about how they collect, use, and share personal data. It also gives people more access and choice when it comes to how their personal data is collected, used, and shared.
It’s important to understand that while the GDPR is a European regulation, its requirements apply to all sites and online businesses. that collect, store, and process personal data about EU residents no matter where the business is located.
You can learn more about the GDPR from the European Commission Data Protection page .
We’re committed to supporting site owners around the world in their work to comply with this important law. As part of that effort, we’ve added a number of new privacy features in this release.
Logged-out commenters will be their name, email address, and website are saved in a cookie on their browser.
Data Handling Data Export
Site owners can export a ZIP file containing a user’s personal data, using data gathered by WordPress and participating plugins.
Site owners can erase a user’s personal data, including data collected by participating plugins.
Site owners have a new email-based method that can be used to confirm personal data requests. This request confirmation tool for export and erasure requests, and for both registered users and commenters
95 updates were made in WordPress 4.9.6. In addition to the above,
- “Mine” has been added as a filter in the media library
- When viewing a plugin in the admin, it will now tell you the minimum PHP version required.
- We have added new PHP polyfills for forwards-compatibility and proper variable validation.
- TinyMCE was updated to the latest version (4.7.11).