Almost all blogs are collecting users data in some way. Simply having google analytics or jetpack running on your website is tracking your users.
Back in 2012 the GDPR was proposed by the European Commission. Fast forward to 2018 and the GDPR was written into law in all member states. Because a percentage of your readers are likely from the EU it’s important to make sure your blog is compliant by informing them that your website is tracking data and getting their consent.
Log in to your wordpress admin panel and choose Plugins and click Add New.
Search for GDPR and browse the available plugins. The important things to look at are the ratings, the amount of installs, how recently it was updated and whether or not it’s compatible with your version of wordpress.
Click on the More Details link to get more information about whichever plugin you’re interested in.
Once you find one that has all the features you want click Install Now.
Click Activate to activate the plugin.
Go to your blogs home page and refresh the page. You should see your new GDPR compliance popup.
Most plugins will come with a variety of settings. In the plugins main page look for the plugin you’ve just installed and click the Settings link underneath it.
Each plugin will offer it’s own settings. Browse through the available options and set it up in a way that works for your blog.
If it offers to let you set a length of time before cookies expire then go for a long time. Most regular readers aren’t going to want to see the notification every week. This blog is set to a six month expiry time.
Other than that, keep the popup non intrusive but clearly visible – a personalised message in the popup is a nice tough too.