GDPR

Theme Authors “forced” to Catch Up: Hosting Webfonts Locally “Strongly Encouraged”

In light of the recent GDPR related fines in Germany, the WordPress.org themes team took a stand on hosting webfonts locally. Representative @benachi recently announced that it “strongly encourages theme authors to update their themes” and to “download and bundle Google Fonts with their themes”.

For long-time followers of this blog, this good practice has been a known fact for 2+ years. So it’s kind of sad that WP.org is only catching up now, when fines are flying around. But that’s not all…

Google Analytics EU - GDPR

Will a fancy, new Privacy Shield 2.0 give Google Analytics Europe a future?

Policital agreement has been reached between the EU and the US to update their Privacy Shield legislation. A properly updated EU-US data sharing system would mean that Google Analytics EU has a future after all. I told you!

It might still take over a year for any actual legislation to be drafted and checked by all the relevant boards and commissions. That said, I think it’s an important moment to reflect and share with you the roadmap for CAOS Pro.

Google Analytics in EU? Not exactly.

Google Analytics illegal in Austria? Well, not exactly.

Only two weeks into the new year, the internet exploded, because of a court ruling in Austria. Is Google Analytics illegal now? In Austria, not exactly. In the rest of the EU, no. And it won’t be.

Although it was a great day for Privacy last week, it was a dark day for website (and ecommerce store) owners when Austria’s data protection authority (DPA, or DSB) decided that using Google Analytics on your website is in breach of GDPR.

Later that same week, the Dutch personal data authority (AP) followed with a warning that using Google Analytics might soon be forbidden. And Germany’s next in line.

If using Google Analytics becomes illegal, what does this mean for us website and ecommerce store owners? Should we migrate our (years of) data to a Google Analytics alternative? Is there an easier way out of this mess?

Spoiler alert: Yes, there is.

How to configure Google Analytics in Compliance with the GDPR

Are you the kind of person that wonders ‘How many visited yesterday?’ instead of ‘Who visited yesterday?’ Keep reading. I’ll show you how to configure Google Analytics in compliance with the GDPR — and as a bonus, help you get rid of that cookie notice.

Recently I set up a cookie notice on my site, because I was under the impression that was necessary to comply with the new GDPR laws. So, after I published an update to CAOS and wrote a how-to for my users on how to use CAOS’ new Settings I found out that none of it was actually necessary. Because, basically, you only need to ask for permission if you want to re-use your visitors’ data (e.g. remarketing).

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