If you’ve spent some time on the World Wide Web lately, you’ve probably heard of GDPR. With data breaches becoming a more and more common occurrence, GDPR has become a real hot topic. Although the European Law passed relevant legislation back in 2018, the discussion around GDPR is still confusing. In this article, we’ll answer your questions about GDPR and how you can make your WordPress website GDPR-compliant with Jupiter X.
What does it mean to be GDPR-compliant and why should you care?
GDPR, short for General Data Protection Regulation, is one of the biggest changes in user data regulation law in recent years. Simply put, GDPR law regulates how the internet deals with user data, regardless of whether the website is public or private.
This law was approved back in 2016 by the European Commission to protect the rights of all EU citizens (in 28 Member countries) by protecting their personal information. The rollout of this plan was scheduled for 2018 and it came into effect on 25 May 2018. While GDPR regulation was invented to protect EU citizens, it affects everyone on the web. How? Well, if your website is collecting data from EU visitors, your need to make your website GDPR compliant as well!
If you are interested in getting into the nitty-gritty, you can find all the details you need on this site.
How to make Jupiter X GDPR ready
As a website owner, you need to provide clear information about your data collection policies, what data you are collecting and how, as well as displaying an option for your visitors to opt out of data collection in order to make your WordPress website GDPR-compliant.
Now, let’s check what you need to know about GDPR when using our Jupiter X theme. First of all, our Jupiter X theme does not collect any information from visitors, not even personal information such as IP address or contact details. However, it’s important to recognize that some third-party solution providers like Google Fonts or Google Maps may do this.
Jupiter X uses the Google Fonts feature to help you add different fonts to your website. If you are using this extension on your site, you will need to let your visitors know by displaying a notice via popup windows or any other clearly visible banner (don’t worry, we’ll walk you through how to do this!). If you are not using Google Fonts, feel free to disregard this part of the process.
This extension, which appears as the Google Maps widget within the theme, also collects user information like IP address. Since IP address is treated as personal data, so to make your WordPress website GDPR-compliant you have to warn users about this if you are using Google Maps on your site.
Forms can also collect data from the users. If you have a contact form on your site (or any other kind of feedback form such as a subscription form, newsletter form, or any kind of survey), make sure you clearly outline what information you are collecting and why.
A pro tip: you can use the Acceptance field at the bottom of the form to warn users about your data policy!
How can you inform users about GDPR policies? You may already know that showing different popups is a great way to do this. You can place your popup banner anywhere on your website, as long as it’s clearly visible for visitors. You can also use a popup window. The good news is that Jupiter X already has a quick and easy solution for this. JetPopup , a popular plugin already included in Jupiter X, can help you create all sorts of warning banners and popups for GDPR.
I hope this article has helped you fully understand what to consider when building your project using the Jupiter X theme. GDPR is a big deal, and it’s here to stay. To get an idea of how serious it is, check out this link regarding GDPR fines stats. With this in mind, it’s important to review our sites and make your WordPress website GDPR-compliant with Jupiter X.
One more thing: we are not lawyers, so this article is just a collection of tips on how to make your WordPress website GDPR-compliant with Jupiter X. For a complete walkthrough of all the details, we recommend contacting a GDPR consultant or lawyer to make sure your website is fully compliant from a legal perspective, especially if your business is operating in the EU.
If you still have some questions or if I missed something in this article, feel free drop your questions and comments below!
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