WP-Statistics and GDPR
Many users asked about WP Statistics compliance with GDPR. We have good news! In V12.4.0, WP Statistics plugin has complied with GDPR.
A (Brief) Introduction to GDPR
GDPR is a regulation that aims to protect the privacy of EU (European Union) citizens. Among other things, it provides users with more control over the personal data that they share with websites.
Want to learn more about GDPR and, more specifically, how it affects WordPress websites? Here is some recommended readings:
- Data protection Infographic
- The GDPR Compliance Checklist
- The Ultimate Guide to WordPress and GDPR Compliance
Is WP Statistics plugin GDPR Compliant?
From this new version on, the answer is YES. V12.4.0 is GDPR compliant by default.
WP Statistics Doesn’t collect Personal Data
Even in the previous versions, WP Statistics wouldn’t collect personal data or store information based on users. You should know that when installed and activated on your website, WP Statistics doesn’t collect, store or send any personal data of your site’s visitors.
What about IP addresses?
In previous versions, there was an option called Hash IP. When Hash IP was activated, the IP addresses wouldn’t be stored in the database, but instead, a unique hash would be used. In this new version, an option has been added to store IPs anonymously. This process is shown in the following figure:
This option is active by default. If you want to deactivate it, you can simply navigate to WP-Admin > WP Statistics > Settings > Privacy, and deactivate ‘Anonymize IP Addresses’ option.
What about cookies?
WP Statistics doesn’t store any cookies on your visitors’ browsers.
GDPR-Related Changes in the New Version
‘Anonymize IP’ option
As already mentioned, this option is active by default. To deactivate it, you can directly navigate to WP-Admin > WP-Statistics > Settings > Privacy, and deactivate ‘Anonymize IP Addresses’ option.
Important: The Opt-Out option is omitted
We provided this option in the previous version. However, since the GDPR regulation is not limited to one plugin, we decided to omit this option from the new version on. To add this option, you can use the GDPR WP plugin or other similar ones.
The bottom line
Each website is unique in both its goals and functionality. In that way, the path to achieving GDPR compliance will vary depending on the needs of your site.
The most important thing you can do as a developer is to get to know what sort of data your website is collecting and then create a plan of action for keeping it safe. Then, ensure that processes are in place to communicate your policies and manage user data requests.
Legal Disclaimer / Disclosure
We are not lawyers. Nothing on this website should be considered legal advice. Due to the dynamic nature of websites, no single plugin or platform can offer 100% legal compliance. When in doubt, it’s best to consult a specialist internet law attorney to determine if you are in compliance with all applicable laws for your jurisdictions and your use cases.
- Date: August 16, 2018
- Author: Navid