Top 7 plugins for GDPR Compliance in 2020

Top 7 plugins for GDPR Compliance in 2020

Introduction

For any business, it is crucial to have transparency and honesty at its core. GDPR in essence, helps you keep you on the right path when it comes to handling user data.

Although set exclusively for EU residents, the implications of the regulation are far-reaching. Penalties of not keeping up with GDPR can roll up to 20 million euros on fines, so you get the picture.

Note that having compliant plugins doesn’t ensure 100 percent compliance though. This is because each website is unique and handles data differently.

Here are some of the best plugins that you can install today and get closer to ensuring GDPR compliance.

Plugins

1. GDPR Cookie Consent

One of the best plugins available to get your website both GDPR and CCPA compliant. The primary feature of this cookie consent plugin is to enable a cookie notice that’s both GDPR and CCPA compliant on your website.

More than just being another random notice that readers may ignore, GDPR Cookie Consent makes it easy to customize your cookie notice to suit your website.

The plugin automatically enables a cookie notice with Accept or reject options in the form of a subtle cookie banner for users to choose while interacting with your website.

Finally, it also has the option to enable ‘Do not sell my personal information’ control in your cookie notice which is required under CCPA compliance.

Watch the video for more information on how to install GDPR Cookie Consent on your website:

2. WPForms

As simple as the name suggests, WPForms is a drag and drop form builder for WordPress. In addition to providing a huge collection of pre-built templates and forms for contact, payment, surveys, and more, it is formidably GDPR compliant from top to bottom.

WPForms comes with the capability to stop collecting personal data such as IP addresses, cookie data, geolocation, and user agent information from their forms.

Also optimized for membership sites, WPForms allows you to create password protected/members only contact forms for your logged in users.

As a bonus feature, your forms can be added with a consent button which can be customized to mention what data are you collecting and for what ends. This helps reduce ambiguity for the customer and get the consent of the customer for using their valuable data.

Here’s more info on WPForms about their core features and benefits:

3. Cookie Notice for GDPR and CCPA

Simply put Cookie Notice from DFactory is a free and open source plugin for GDPR and EPrivacy compliance.

The plugin allows users to accept, refuse, and revoke consent to the use of cookies while they browse your website. There is also an option to accept cookies upon scrolling the page, which is valid in some European countries – Italy, for example.

You can create customized messages in cookie notices and add links to your privacy policy page in the cookie notice as well. Much of what the plugin does is easily identifiable from this screenshot from the plugin dashboard.

Read their helpful guide to use options in Cookie Notice for more information.

4. CookieYes

Nothing speaks more clearly to your website’s visitors about privacy than a well placed cookie banner.

Explicitly mentioning what your website does with cookies and allowing users to accept or deny cookie data to the website is a must for GDPR compliance.

CookieYes is a cookie consent solution for GDPR and it does exactly that. It lets you generate your very own cookie banner in a matter of three steps – sign up, scan your website, and add scripts to CookieYes.

What makes this plugin different is that it does a lot of things well –

  • Automatic scanning of your website for cookies
  • Provides and updates an extensive cookie dictionary
  • A fully customizable banner
  • Give maximum control to users
  • Third-party cookie blocking and more.

Watch the video on how to get started with CookieYes on your website today!

5. GDPR framework

Giving users the right to export and delete their personal information is one key requirement under GDPR.

GDPR Framework by Data443 allows users to see their personal data your website has on a page and allow them to export or delete them as they see fit.

Being a truly optimized plugin for transparency, it allows users and visitors to your website to view, export, or even delete their personal data.

In addition, you can configure the plugin to anonymize data either automatically or by notifying admins to do it manually.

It’s also a developer-friendly, well-documented plugin with an added GDPR compatible privacy policy template for easy setup.

Here’s the setup guide to the GDPR Framework plugin:

6. Monsterinsights

Mishandling of personal data by data handlers is one of the reasons why the EU had to come up with GDPR. No other service comes close to handling and tweaking based on user behavior like analytics software does.

This makes it extremely important to have your Google Analytics plugin to be GDPR compliant. All the more reason why MonsterInsights is a perfect choice for businesses of all sizes.

The plugin gives users access to opt-out of data tracking entirely. In addition, it can automatically disable or randomize personal data tracking.

MonsterInsights anonymizes IP addresses in Google analytics and prevents user location or behavior identification. It can also be configured to integrate with your CookieBot and Cookie notice plugins to get user consent before any form of data tracking.

To know more about the entire list of features of MonsterInsigts, watch their starter’s guide here:

7. WP AutoTerms

In any business, it is very important to have a clearly mentioned and well written privacy policy. Often a great headache to get it right, it is especially cumbersome with the introduction of GDPR.

Any wrong statement could potentially make things worse for your company – so absolutely no errors here.

Although the latest version of WordPress gives users the option to add their unique privacy policy, so many things can be lost in fine print while you do so.

WP AutoTerms has a privacy policy generator, terms and conditions generator, and a cookie notice banner feature right out of the box. All these features are already optimized for GDPR compliance.

You’ll also get compliance kits to create links to legal pages and update notices of legal pages of your business. This ensures that all your legal pages are accessible to your users. Also, the plugin also informs readers if you’ve updated your legal pages.

The plugin will also add links to your legal pages in your website’s footer and show limited-time banners to your users about legal updates. Neat.

WPAutoTerms screenshot on generating privacy policy, terms and conditions and more.

Conclusion

Most of the plugins and their updates released in 2020 try to be GDPR compliant to stay relevant in the modern era of strict data privacy laws.

Although difficult at first, companies all over the world are slowly accepting the change and want to give users their right to choose what happens with their data.

Watch out for this space for more interesting articles on GDPR relevant and eCommerce related articles on a regular basis.

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