In case you missed the newsletter, read up on our current status of the GDPR for WordPress project in this blog post

Much has happened since Peter Suhm and I started out on the GDPR for WordPress project.

Our initial idea has morphed from a PHP Object Interface, that could serve as a general rule for any PHP based system, to comply with GDPR, to a WordPress specific solution that, with the help of the Community is now being actively adapted to fit into WordPress Core – hopefully in time for launch prior to May 25th when the General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect.

How awesome is that !! 🙂

The Process has been exciting – and still is! On a personal level, reading the text of the regulation has made me aware of how we handle data in a more general sense, and I see the ideas behind GDPR to be much more widespread than just that of the current focus on EU citizens.

I’m happy that we have my colleague Jesper V. Nielsen from Peytz&Co working on the code going into WP core, and I’m happy that our idea has taken such a turn, that it now fits into WordPress instead of living in a plugin.

The GDPR tools we’re providing requires a widespread adoption, and having this in a plugin was not the way to ensure that.

Status
Every Wednesday at 17:00 CET there is a meeting in the official WordPress.Slack.com channel called: #GDPR-Compliance

There are a bunch of people, a few of the noteworthy mentioned in the slide deck below, working actively on bringing the hooks and filters into WP core, so that YOU as a plugin developer, can start providing info on where your plugins store personal data. Doing so will make WP core able to fetch this data and output it – in a first version, on a backend screen designed to help WordPress admins find, send and anonymize data on request from a
user of their services.

Will we make it in time? – I hope so. With the current WP 4.9, and the next major release probably being that of Gutenberg, we find ourselves with two major improvements with each their massive impact on the lives of WordPress admins competing for your attention. My personal hope is that all will be ready for May 25th 😉

Watch the Slide deck presentation on the current status here:
https://www.slideshare.net/dejliglama/gdpr-for-wp-status

The Road Ahead
The roadmap is evolving even as we speak, and although the Implementation isn’t released into WP core yet, it’s vital that Plugin developers that work with code, used for storing or handling of Personal Data, should start implementing the hooks and filters of the solution.

Only with your implementation of the GDPR tools within Plugins, will we as a community be able to deliver the administrative solutions that are required for website owners to comply with the user-centric parts of the regulation

  • yes, you guessed it, The right to be forgotten, Data portability and Policy texts among other things.Call to action

So, what’s next for you? Go to our #GDPR-Compliance slack channel, and get involved.

Go read the open GDPR Trac tickets: https://core.trac.wordpress.org/query?status=!closed&keywords=~gdpr

And please do reach out and ask any questions you’d like!

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