With the growing importance of privacy awareness as a result of the new GDPR law that was implemented in the EU on May 25, 2018, WordPress is encouraging its users to take advantage of the new privacy features that are available in their most recent core update. This enforced law ensures that websites and the businesses that run them remain transparent about the personal data that they store, use or share. To help accommodate this transition, WordPress 4.9.6 has been released as a Privacy and Maintenance release.
If you use any online software during your day to day business tasks, you likely have started to receive messages about the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, law that will be going into effect on May 25, 2018. This new European Union privacy law will serve as a replacement to the existing European Data Protection Directive to bring EU member states under a single umbrella that can be enforced by one data protection law. The GDPR establishes clear regulations and guidelines on how businesses or online entities are able to securely process, use, exchange or store data.