Top 7 plugins for GDPR Compliance in 2021

Top 7 plugins for GDPR Compliance in 2021

For any business, it is crucial to have transparency and honesty at its core. GDPR in essence, helps you to be 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 a GDPR compliance plugin doesn’t ensure 100 percent compliance though. This is because each website is unique and handles data differently. But having such a tool can make your journey to compliance far easier.

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

CookieYes GDPR Cookie Consent

The GDPR Cookie Consent is 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 from while interacting with your website. You can automate cookie scanning and third-party cookie blocking on your website for efficient and effortless cookie management.

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:

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.

CookieYes

Nothing speaks more clearly to your website’s visitors about privacy than a well-placed cookie banner and CookieYes helps you in setting up one for your website. Unlike the rest of the list, it is not a plugin but a SaaS solution that helps with the GDPR compliance of your website. 

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!

GDPR Cookie Compliance

The GDPR Cookie Compliance plugin is an excellent tool to make your website’s GDPR compliance easy. With the plugin enabled on your website, you will be able to give your users full control over cookies stored on their computer, including the ability to revoke their consent.

It comes with a fully customizable cookie notice template in which you can upload your logo, colors, fonts, set position, etc. You can include both ‘Accept’ and ‘Reject’ buttons to the notice and even enable consent expiration settings. 

The plugin lets you choose from two unique layouts to display your cookie notice. The mobile-friendly design lets you add animations for a better user experience. It is compatible with WPML, QTranslate, WP Multilang, and Polylang along with its .pot file for translations is also included. 

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 to that, 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:

Complianz – GDPR/CCPA Cookie Consent Plugin

Complianz is another feature-rich plugin that helps you effortlessly comply with the GDPR. The plugin lets you configure a cookie notice for your specific region: European Union, United Kingdom, United States, or Canada or lets you use one common Cookie Notice worldwide.

With this plugin, you can display a cookie banner having Accept/Dismiss buttons and seek category based consent. You can choose from multiple customizable cookie notice templates and custom CSS. 

It runs periodical cookie scans and blocks third-party cookies like Google Maps, Facebook, Instagram, AdSense, Recaptcha, Twitter, ActiveCampaign, and more. The plugin also lets you create a cookie policy from scratch using an easy wizard drafted by an IT law firm. 

The plugin automatically detects if you need a cookie notice based on your website visitor’s location which lets you show cookie notice exclusively to EU citizens. 

WP GDPR Compliance

WP GDPR Compliance plugin assists all WordPress sites and WooCommerce webshops to comply with the EU GDPR law. It lets you manage your website’s cookies effectively as per the GDPR guidelines hence ensuring cookie compliance as fast as possible. 

First and foremost, the plugin allows your users to add a consent notice to your website so that your visitors can choose to enable or disable cookies getting added to their browsers. You can enable them to make an informed decision by adding relevant details regarding cookies to the consent notice (like what they are used for, necessary or not, etc.)

The plugin lets you keep a consent log for all supported third-party plugins and lets you add checkboxes for seeking explicit visitor consent. The ‘Right to Access’ and the ‘Right to be Forgotten’ are two of the major rights of your users as per the GDPR, you can ensure it by enabling encrypted audit logs & double opt-in mail and anonymizing user data respectively.

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.

Apart from keeping you safe from hefty fines, you may also need to backup your website from time to time. This is to ensure that you have all your valuable content safe at all times.

Watch out for this space for more interesting articles on GDPR relevant and eCommerce related articles regularly. 

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