DSGVO-Plugins im Vergleich

The Top 4 GDPR Plugins for WordPress Compared

In a few days, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is going to come into effect in all member states of the European Union. This has implications for WordPress agencies, freelancers and website owners: If you do not implement the requirements of GDPR until May 25, 2018, you risk reminders and financial penalties enforced by the supervisory authorities. But no need to panic! Fortunately, there are some useful GDPR plugins which can assist you in making your WordPress website legally secure. We show you which plugins are suitable and how to make use of them.

Disclaimer: This article does not substitute legal advice. Within the scope of our business as WordPress hosting provider we have dealt quite extensively with the applicable laws governing data protection in Germany as well as the upcoming EU-regulation GDPR. We are not liable for the completeness, topicality and accuracy of the recommended plugins and provided contents.

In this article I would like to show you in what way plugins can actually support you in preparing and implementing the GDPR requirements. If you seek to dig deeper into the issue and if you are interested in hands-on measures for your WordPress website, I recommend you take a look in our free GDPR Guide.

The plugins which I would like to present you today are the following:

The order of the plugin list is based on the numbers of their respective active installations.

WP GDPR Compliance

WP GDPR Compliance

Active installations | Ratings
Over 90.000 | 4,2 out of 5 (64 reviews)

Who developed it?
WP GDPR Compliance was developed by Dutch WordPress agency ‘Van Ons’. The plugin is available in English, German, Dutch, Spanish, Swedish and Czech.

How much does the plugin cost?
WP GDPR Compliance was developed for the WP Community and is therefore free of charge. If you would like to thank the Van Ons team for their support effort, they do appreciate donations or ‘beer money’ 😉.

Which features does the plugin offer you?
WP GDPR Compliance adds GDPR-compliant checkboxes automatically for the plugins Contact Form 7, Gravity Forms and WooCommerce and also in the WordPress comment sections. With these opt-ins, your website visitors can confirm their consent to allow you to process personal data with the respective plugin.

In addition, your website visitors can request their personal data stored in your database. After successful request, they gain temporary access to a site which lists all their personal data processed. There they also get the option to request the deletion of their data.

What can’t the plugin accomplish?
As with all GDPR plugins, you won’t achieve a hundred percent legal security. After all, WP GDPR Compliance focuses only on a handful of plugins. It is quite possible that you still use other extensions and plugins which are actually not GDPR-compliant. According to their roadmap though, there are more features planned for the future. Currently, they are working on the integration of MailChimp and HTML Forms. Also, a GDPR-compliant cookie banner is already planned.

GDPR

Plugin-GDPR

Active installations | Ratings 
Over 20.000 | 4,6 out of 5 (47 reviews)

Who developed it?
The GDPR plugin was developed by Canadian online marketing agency ‘Trew Knowledge’. Currently, the plugin is available in English, Dutch, French and Spanish.

How much does the plugin cost?
GDPR is free, donations for support service and the continued development of the plugin are of course welcome.

Which features does the plugin offer you?
GDPR brings along a variety of functions. With the plugin’s assistance you can manage the agreement to your general terms and conditions as well as your data privacy statement. Moreover, the plugin helps you manage the opt-in and opt-out for visitor tracking via cookies.

The right of a user to access personal data and the right to deletion upon request can also be handled via the plugin if you are admin. Whenever users request their data, they can download them in JSON or XML format. Additionally, the plugin supports you in your documentary duty by creating an encrypted log of the declarations of consent and deletion requests of all users.

What can’t the plugin accomplish?
Right now, the feature to seek consent for using certain plugins via GDPR-compliant checkboxes is still missing. However, Mailchimp, SalesForce, Marketo, HubSpot and more WordPress plugins are planned to be integrated.

WP GDPR

Plugin-WP GDPR

Active installations | Ratings 
Over 5000 | 3,6 out of 5 (22 reviews)

Who developed it?
WP GDPR was created by Belgian WordPress developers ‘AppSaloon’ and is so far available in English, Dutch, Spanish and Swedish.

How much does the plugin cost?
For a single website, an annual license for WP GDPR with one plugin integration costs EUR 20. If you would like to use all plugin integrations provided, the annual license costs EUR 50.

There are special freelancer and agency price plans for multiple WordPress websites.

Which features does the plugin offer you?
WithWP GDPR you can make personal data of your website visitors (such as emails and comments) accessible and deletable for them. The information provided included data of the plugins Gravity Forms, Contact Form 7, WooCommerce, Flamingo and MailChimp. Additionally, WP GDPRcreates opt-ins for data processing for these plugins.

What can’t the plugin accomplish?
WP GDPR also can’t guarantee a hundred percent legal security, since it merely supports five plugins up till now. Further plugin integrations, for instance for Formidable Forms, are in the making.

The GDPR Framework

The GDPR Framework

Active installations | Ratings 
Over 10.000 | 4,8 out of 5 (41 reviews)

Who developed it?
The GDPR Framework was developed by Estonian WordPress experts ‘Codelight’ in cooperation with a law firm. So far, it is only available in English and Swedish.

How much does the plugin cost?
The GDPR Framework is free of charge.

Which features does the plugin offer you?
Quoting the guiding principle of the makers of The GDPR Framework‘You don’t need to drown your customers in pointless acceptance checkboxes if you know what you’re doing!’

One of the plugin’s features is to enable your users and visitors to view, export and delete their personal data. Another feature is that you can track and manage your collected declarations of consent. What is more, the plugin offers you a template of a GDPR-compliant data privacy statement and useful documentation for website owners and developers.

The GDPR Framework supports Contact Form 7, Gravity Forms, Formidable Forms and WPML. Planned up next are the integrations of Ninja Forms and Flamingo.

What can’t the plugin accomplish?
At the moment, The GDPR Framework seems to focus on form plugins. According to the statement of the plugin authors though, further integrations with WP Migrate DB, WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads are in the pipeline.

GDPR Tools for the WordPress Core

The WP GDPR Compliance Team makes no exception by working under high pressure to make WordPress GDPR-compliant on time. Several GDPR and privacy tools are being developed which shall be integrated step by step into the Core. The current update version WordPress 4.9.6 already contains some of these adaptations.

We from RAIDBOXES have also developed GDPR Tools to support our customers with the implementations of data protection requirements. Via our WP Session Eraser, for instance, you can schedule the specific time frame after which the session data of all your WP users will be deleted after their log-out – with just a few clicks on your RB Dashboard.

Conclusion: No guarantee, but a helping hand to back you up

To assess which plugin is the perfect one for you is totally up to your individual needs. Before you decide for one of the GDPR plugins, you should check which extensions and plugins you are currently using and which of them actually process personal data at all. In case of doubt you should simply contact the plugin developer directly.

If you are not only searching for checkboxes for integrated plugins, but seek additional support for issues such as data privacy statements, cookie banners, right to data erasure etc., a GDPR plugin covering a wide spectrum of features should be more suitable for you. However, you probably will not achieve this with a cost-free plugin.

Have you already tried one of the GDPR plugins in the list or are you missing a plugin which you think should be added to the list? Feel free to leave me a comment, I’m looking forward to your feedback!

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