WPWeekly Episode 298 – GDPR, User Privacy, and More With Heather Burns

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I are joined by Heather Burns, Founder of WebDevLaw. We have a lengthy discussion about GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), what it is, what’s at stake, and its potential impacts on the WordPress ecosystem. We also discuss the cultural differences between the North American and European views on user privacy.

When asked what she hopes to see as we approach May of 2018, Burns replied:

“I want to see all hands on deck making WordPress a force for good, that people can trust, and that people can be empowered to change for the better. Don’t let the fact that it involves law put you off. GDPR is a toolkit for empowerment, it’s a means for protecting and safeguarding your users in these quite scary times we’re living in. And it will make you a better developer and site administrator in the end.”

For questions related to GDPR or how to make your site or WordPress plugins compliant, please get in touch with Burns. You can also view her presentation on WordPress.TV from WordCamp Belfast, 2016.

Stories Discussed:

WP Site Care Acquires WP Radius

Picks of the Week:

Frontenberg by Tom J. Nowell is a new site that displays Gutenberg to the frontend of WordPress. It allows visitors to tinker with Gutenberg without having to login to a site or install a plugin.

John gave props to Renato Alves who has been working on adding WP-CLI support for bbPress and BuddyPress.

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