The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in May 2018.
Website owners have been trying to comply with it since then. Recently, the regulatory body has started levying heavy fines for non-compliant websites. That has caused the website owners to become serious about it.
A few weeks ago, PwC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers) was fined for non-compliance. The total penalties were around EUR 150,000.
Lack of tools and information are two big reasons why most site owners struggle to comply with GDPR.
Thankfully, WordPress websites have it a little easy. The WordPress.org plugin repository has many plugins that can help you comply. All these are completely free plugins. However, some of these also have a premium version.
In this article, we’ll look at the 10 such plugins.
WP Autoterms is one of the most downloaded WordPress GDPR compliance plugins.
- Create custom policy pages and manage them.
- Inform users whenever you update your legal policy pages.
- Create & show a cookie consent notice to website visitors.
- Generate affiliate disclaimers.
Price: Free – $41.43
It has two advantages over WP Autoterms. One, it comes with 25 legal policy page templates. And two, it makes the job of updating templates easy. You only need to add your business information in one place to update all the templates.
- Generate Privacy & DMCA Policy pages
- Easy to install, use and update.
- Includes 25 customizable legal page templates.
- Shows third-party cookie audit table using the GDPR Cookie Consent Plugin.
- Force users to agree to a policy before they can access the page.
Price: Free – $67
Note that, this is an old plugin and has not been updated since the last 4 years. However, it has 6,000 active installs. It’s recommended to use plugins compatible with the latest version of WordPress.
- Provides shortcodes to add this text to any page of your choice.
- Optionally you can also add these pages to your navigation menus.
GDPR Consent Plugins
The Ninja GDPR plugin comes with 10 consents for GDPR.
You can request for consent either using popups. This plugin does not come with predefined templates. But allows you to add shortcodes to your existing pages.
- Requests consent for cookies, privacy, and terms & conditions agreement.
- Allows users to request access. rectify and removal of personal data from your website.
- Allows admins to notify users about a data breach.
The plugin has both options – to manually add cookie information as well as to automatically scan your website cookies. Learn more about its features below:
- Manually add, edit or delete website cookies.
- Manually add, edit or delete third-party cookie audit table.
- Show ICO compliant cookie consent notice to website visitors.
- Scan the website for own and third-party cookies.
- Store cookie consent log.
- Customize the colors & fonts of the cookie consent bar.
Price: Free – $39
GDPR Cookie Consent Banner is a popular WordPress plugin.
- Banner text is translatable in English, Polish, Russian, Slovakian and Italian.
The Cookie Notice for GDPR plugin provides extensive options to customize the cookie consent bar.
- Accepts consent on window scroll. Scroll offset is configurable.
- Manually blocks scripts from loading.
- Reloads the page after cookies are accepted.
- Custom cookie notice bar position, styles & content.
Right To Be Forgotten Plugins
The GDPR Framework is an easy to use GDPR WordPress plugin. It comes with a setup wizard to set up your privacy and other policies.
- Provides an interface that allows users to view, access and delete personal data. A user need not have an account to perform these actions.
- Comes with an interface to track, manage, and withdraw cookie consent anytime.
The Delete Me plugin allows WordPress users with specific roles to delete their profile and personal information.
- Customizable shortcode for the delete link.
- Give delete access to specific user roles.
- Email notification on user delete.
- Multi-site compatible.
The WP GDPR Compliance plugin comes with integrations for other WordPress plugins that collect user data.
- Request consent from website visitors and give them full access to their data.
- Keep a consent log.
- Works with WordPress comment form, WooCommerce, Contact Form 7, and Gravity Forms.
No plugin can assure 100% GDPR compliance. However, installing a plugin can help you get started on the path to GDPR compliance. But it’s always a good option to hire legal help or a GDPR consultant.
However, if you’re on a tight budget, these WordPress plugins can help. Most likely you’ll need to choose more than plugin to start the compliance process. Choose a set of plugins that best suits your budget.
The plugins you choose will depend on the data you collect and store from your website visitors.
Do you know about other GDPR WordPress plugins for making your website GDPR compliant? Tell us about them in the comments section below.