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The GDPR/ePR and CCPA affect how your WordPress site may use cookies to track visitors from Europe and California. Cookiebot also comes as a WordPress plugin.

 

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WordPress, cookies, plugins and GDPR: What’s the deal?

Updated June 10, 2020.


What does the GDPR and CCPA mean for your WordPress website and its use of cookies?

In this article, we give you the answers and tell you about our Cookiebot WordPress plugin for GDPR and CCPA compliance that is in use on more than 40.000 WordPress sites across the world.


Cookiebot WordPress plugin


Cookiebot offers a WordPress plugin that makes your website fully GDPR/ePR and CCPA compliant.

Using Cookiebot’s WordPress plugin enables a highly customizable consent banner to handle consents and empower users with the option to opt in and out of cookie categories, as required by the GDPR/ePR, CCPA and similar data privacy laws around the world.

Cookiebot scans your website to find all cookies and similar tracking technologies, then automatically blocks all until your users choose which categories of cookies to activate.

Our cookie declaration includes the option for a Do Not Sell My Personal Information link – offering full compliance with the GDPR/ePR and CCPA.


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WordPress and cookies


WordPress is a hugely popular website management tool. You might yourself use WordPress as a tool for your website.

If you do, you might be wondering: does my WordPress site use cookies? And is it compliant with the GDPR and CCPA?

Well, it depends on how you use WordPress and how it is set up.

A clean version of the WordPress code without plugins doesn't set any user related cookies. It only sets cookies when a site admin logs into the backend of the system. In this case, you don't need a cookie consent on your website, as there are no cookies.

But very few people use WordPress in its basic form. Once you start to install plugins on your site, you either need to check the plugins to ensure that they don’t set cookies, or you need to implement a cookie consent function on your site.

Most hosted versions of WordPress set cookies per default, such as WordPress sites hosted on WordPress.com.

Hence, we recommend that you always use a cookie consent solution to ensure that you comply with data privacy laws like GDPR, ePR and CCPA.

You can try our free compliance test if you are in doubt about what cookies are in use on your site.


GDPR and WordPress

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the ePrivacy Directive are two EU-wide initiatives for the protection of personal data.

They mean that you have to take measures to ensure that your website meets the requirements and is compliant with the regulations.

Otherwise, you risk heavy GDPR fines of up to €20 million, or 4% of the organization's global yearly turnover, whichever is higher.

Basically, what you have to do is to go through your data processing activities and revise how the user data is handled on your website.

Websites typically manage data by means of cookies and online tracking technologies.

Be aware that you are responsible not only for the data handled directly by you and your site, but also for that which is handled by any third parties in use on your site.

Most sites make use of some kind of third parties.

For example, social media buttons, embedded videos, and tools for analytics all are data-gathering third parties on your website.

The GDPR primarily affects your cookie notice, cookie consent and your privacy policy.


EDPB guidelines on valid consent in EU

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) is the leading supervisory authority in the European Union of the GDPR, responsible for guiding how each national data protection authority in EU countries are to interpret and enforce the GDPR.

On May 4, 2020, the EDPB adopted guidelines on valid consent in the EU. These clarify what constitutes valid consent on websites under the GDPR.

EDPB guidelines specify that:

Learn more about the EDPB guidelines on valid consent in EU


CCPA and WordPress

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is a state-wide privacy law that regulates how businesses all over the world are allowed to handle the personal information of California residents.

It took effect on January 1, 2020.

CCPA requires that a website notify visitors of the categories of personal information that it collects and for what purposes.

This must be done at or before the point of collection. The list of categories of personal information must include all that a business collects, sells or discloses and it must be updated every 12 months.

Websites must also update their website’s privacy policy to include a description of the CCPA consumer rights –

According to the CCPA, websites must feature a Do Not Sell My Personal Information link that consumers can use to opt out of having their data sold to third parties.


Is my WordPress website GDPR/ePR and CCPA compliant? 


Try our free test and get an idea whether your WordPress site is GDPR/ePR and CCPA compliant.

The free website audit scans five pages of your website and sends you a report of the cookies and online tracking on these pages, including information on their provenance, purpose and whether or not they are compliant.

If you want a complete overview of the cookies and online tracking going on on all of your website, sign up to the Cookiebot solution.


GDPR and CCPA compliant WordPress cookie policies


To be compliant with the GDPR when using WordPress, you must ensure that you:

Inform your users:

Provide a clear and specific information on the cookies in use on the site, what types of data are processed, for what purpose and where in the world they are sent.

Get prior consent:

Ask for consent before setting cookies. Only strictly necessary cookies may be set prior to the reception of the consent.

Document:

Keep record of all received consents as evidence that the cookie consent has been given.

Protect the data:

Ensure that all personal data is securely stored. Only transmit data to the EU and other GDPR adequate countries.

Give your users a true choice:

Make sure that your users have the possibility to see the cookies, select, accept and reject them. The site must function even though the user has rejected cookies.

Provide the option for your users to change their mind:

Give access for the users to see and change their choice of accepted and rejected cookies on your site. If the user so requests, you must be able to erase their data.

Alert:

In the case of a GDPR breach, alert securities and affected users within 72 hours.

Also check out the nice infographic by the EU explaining the GDPR in plain language and what the regulation means for your business.


CCPA compliance on WordPress

To be compliant with the CCPA when using WordPress, you must ensure that you:

Enable opt-out

Feature a Do Not Sell My Personal Information link on the website that users can use to opt-out of third party data sales.

Inform your users of what you collect and sell

Provide a notice at or before the point of collection informing the consumer of the categories of personal information that the company collects and for what purpose.

Stop selling personal information if requested

React to an opt-out request within 15 days by stopping further selling and notifying all parties to whom it has sold the personal information in the previous 90 days.

Delete personal information if requested

Include two steps whereby the consumer can submit the request and subsequently agree to the personal information to be deleted.

Get opt-in from minors

If users are under the age of 16, you must obtain their opt-in consent before selling their personal information. If users are under the age of 13, opt-in consent from parents or legal guardians are required.


Cookiebot WordPress plugin

Cookiebot's WordPress plugin is an easy way to make the use of cookies etc. on your website compliant with the GDPR and CCPA.

Cookiebot is one of the only fully GDPR and ePrivacy directive compliant cookie solutions on the market.

It is based on years of thorough research on the regulations and ensures full compliance and full control at a fair price.

The experience is user-friendly and transparent for both you as a website owner and for your users.



WordPress compliance with Cookiebot's consent management platform plugin.

A GDPR compliant cookie banner by Cookiebot.




WordPress compliance with Cookiebot's CCPA plugin

A CCPA compliant cookie declaration by Cookiebot.



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List of cookies on my WordPress site


The cookies in use vary from site to site, also depending on what plugins are in use and where the site is hosted. Generally speaking, WordPress sites may use the following:

Strictly Necessary Cookies:

For example authentication cookies, used to know whether the user is logged in or not.

Preference Cookies:

Stores preferences set by users such as account name, language, location, and whether the user has chosen to view the mobile version of a site.

Statistics Cookies:

Collects information on how users interact with websites hosted on WordPress, including what pages are visited most, as well as other analytical data. These details are used to improve the performance of the website’s functions.

Marketing/Tracking Cookies:

Used to target the advertising to visitors on WordPress sites, as well as to track the volume of visitors. They track details about visitors such as the number of unique visitors, number of times particular ads have been displayed, the number of clicks the ads have received, and are also used to measure the effectiveness of ad campaigns by building up detailed user profiles. These kinds of cookies are set by trusted third party networks, and are generally persistent in nature.

Cookies set by Third Parties/Embedded Content:

Sites hosted on WordPress make use of different third party applications and services to enhance the experience of website visitors. These include social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter (through the use of sharing buttons), or embedded content from YouTube and Vimeo. As a result, cookies may be set by these third parties, and used by them to track your online activity.

Web beacons and other tracking technologies:

Both websites and HTML e-mails may also contain other tracking technologies such as ‘web beacons’. These are typically small transparent images that provide WordPress with statistics, for similar purposes as cookies. They are often used in conjunction with cookies, though they are not stored on your computer in the same way. As a result, if you disable cookies, the web beacons may still load, but their functionality will be restricted.


Cookie checker: How can I check the cookies on my WordPress website?

Find out what cookies are in use on your WordPress site, where they come from and what purpose they serve by taking an audit of your website.

The free audit scans five pages of your website and sends you a report of the cookies and online tracking on these pages, including information on their provenance, purpose and whether or not they are compliant.

If you want a complete overview of the cookies and online tracking going on on all of your website, sign up to the Cookiebot solution.


GDPR and CCPA compliant WordPress cookie policies


Your cookie policy should contain:

The cookie policy may be written as a part of the website’s privacy policy.

You may check out the WPbeginners guide on how to add a privacy policy in WordPress.


Examples of WordPress cookie policies

You can find many examples and templates for your cookie policy on the internet.

Keep in mind, however, that your policy should be revised and updated regularly, to make sure that it informs about the actual cookies in use on your site.


FAQ


What is GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an EU data privacy law that governs how websites, companies and organizations are allowed to process the personal data of individuals inside the European Union. The GDPR requires websites that use cookies and trackers to inform its users of such and to obtain the clear and affirmative consent before activating any cookies that process personal data.

Learn more about GDPR compliance


What is CCPA?

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is a state-wide data privacy law governing the collection, processing, sharing and selling of personal information from California residents. The CCPA requires businesses that use cookies and trackers on their websites to inform users of such and to enable users to opt out of having their personal information disclosed and sold to third parties.

Learn more about CCPA compliance


Is WordPress GDPR and CCPA compliant?

WordPress is a website management tool that can be used in a lot of different ways. If you use plugins on your WordPress website, like social media plugins, webshop plugins or analytics plugins, these will set third-party cookies on your users’ browsers that will most likely process their personal data such as IP addresses, browser and search history, among others. For your WordPress website to be compliant then, you need to ask and obtain the clear and affirmative consent from users before activating any cookies (apart from strictly necessary cookies).

Learn more about GDPR and cookies

Learn more about CCPA and cookies


What is a WordPress plugin for GDPR and CCPA compliance?

Consent management platforms (CMPs) help websites become compliant with GDPR, CCPA and more data privacy laws around the world by protecting users’ personal data from unconsented collection, processing and abuse. Cookiebot’s consent management platform comes as a free WordPress plugin.

Try Cookiebot’s WordPress plugin free for 30 days… for forever if you have a small website.


Resources


WordPress' information on the use of cookies

The General Data Protection Regulation

California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

The ePrivacy Directive

Cookiebot plugin for WordPress sites

Check if your website complies with the GDPR and the ePrivacy Directive

Data Protection - Better rules for small businesses

GDPR Fines

GDPR adequate countries

Cookiebot plans and pricing

HostPapa Review

WP beginners: How to choose the best WordPress hosting in 2020 (compared)

WPbeginners guide on how to add a privacy policy in WordPress

Blogpost: Cookies and WordPress: How to Set, Get and Delete

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