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.
Website owners will also have access to options under the dashboard Tools menu to export or erase personal data. This new email-based system can be used to confirm any personal data requests or comments that you may receive through your website for users that are registered or unregistered. This export feature allows website owners to export all data collected by WordPress or a participating plugin before erasure.
For more information on the WordPress 4.9.6 update and the features it provides, you are encouraged to visit the official download page or visit the codex entry.
If you do not feel confident updating your website yourself or are fearful of potential damages that may occur if it doesn’t go smoothly, the experts at Skynet Solutions are here to help. As the top web design firm in Tulsa, the Skynet Solutions team does these types of updates many times each day and can typically perform them very quickly and efficiently. If you are interested in our WordPress Maintenance plans to ensure your website remains up to date, please contact us today to get started!