The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new EU Regulation that comes into effect on May 25th. It’s complex to say the least, and results in some pretty heavy fines for non-compliance.
The regulation is related to the processing and recording of personal data and applies to all companies worldwide who work with personal data of EU citizens. It boils down to 3 main points at we see it:
- The processing of personal data should be “adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary for the purposes for which they are processed”.
- The period for which the data is stored is limited to a minimum.
- You must have the user’s explicit consent to gather their data or to pass it to a 3rd party via your website eg. PayPal, Mailchimp etc.
Today we have made some changes to our site in order to demonstrate compliance with the above. We’re also go to show YOU how you would add a consent checkbox to your WordPress website, specifically at the checkout in WooCommerce. Note that most contact form plugins allow you to easily add a checkbox field, and one or two already have a “consent” option.
Add a GDPR Consent Checkbox to WooCommerce Checkout
Adding an additional checkbox to the WooCommerce checkout is trivial. First, you need the plugin WooCommerce Checkout Manager
Once installed and activated, go to the main panel, select Billing, and choose to add a new field.
In all likelihood WooCommerce and other plugins will be adding fields to help you comply with GDPR in the coming weeks, but this quick and simple fix will ensure you are covered now.