Me too. But this is necessary
The new privacy law (also known as AVG or GDPR) is now in force. Various privacy statement plugins have also been published for your website in the past year in order to comply with the rules.
A good time to discuss a few of those privacy statement plugins.
I have used a few in recent months and also tested them. Below you can read my experiences and tips about the privacy statement plugins for your website.
Privacy statement plugins
There is still quite a bit of work to make your website comply with the privacy law. The data collection is different for each website, but the plugins described below take an important part of this into account.
But often you also have to adjust something manually. For example, the AVG requires an ‘explicit consent’ from your visitors to process data. You must then tick a checkbox that you agree with the privacy statement if you want to receive the newsletter, fill in a contact form or respond to a message.
The makers of the plugins also give no 100 per cent guarantee that your website is AVG-proof when you use their plugin. It is a tool! If you want to, you have to call in a lawyer. So:
ACTIVATION OF THIS PLUGIN DOES NOT WARRANT THAT YOU COMPLY COMPLY WITH AVG GUIDELINES. PLEASE CONTACT AN AVG CONSULTANT OR A LEGAL SERVICE PROVIDER TO ASSESS THE NECESSARY MEASURES
But in practice, most freelancers or entrepreneurs do not do that because they do not share a lot of sensitive information on their website. And you do not have to, because if you carefully follow the plugins and arrange a few manual matters, you can usually comply with the AVG. Possibly you can ask a website builder to do this. They often know how to make a website AVG proof.
I give you an overview of the possibilities for AVG-proofing your website.
1. Complianz GDPR
I use this privacy statement plugin myself on my website WPjournalist. Complianz GDPR is a comprehensive plugin that has been developed with a legal bureau and has a Dutch maker. And that is useful if you want to have support in Dutch. Because that’s good.
With this plugin, you step through a wizard, which indicates what you have to do. Handy! It provides an overview of where you are in the step-by-step plan and what needs to be done.
The plugin automatically detects whether you need a cookie alert and scans your site regularly for cookies and social media services.
In addition, the plugin is compatible with contact forms such as Contact Form 7, Gravity Forms,
and webshop plugin Woocommerce and Easy Digital Downloads.
A very extensive plugin, which is legally well substantiated.
2. WP GDPR Compliance
One of the few privacy statement plugins that are completely free is WP GDPR Compliance. This ensures that your website or your webshop meets the European privacy regulations. It has been developed in collaboration with a Dutch web design agency, which is also a great option.
This plugin ensures that this also places tick marks at Contact Form 7, WooCommerce and the reactions of WordPress.
The plugin is popular with many users of the WordPress catalogue where the plugin can be downloaded for free. Because more than 100,000 of them have already been downloaded.
However, it remains to be seen how intensively the plugin is updated. The AVG is still under development and you can see that the paid plugins have many updates to keep up with the legislation to keep the plugin up. With a free plugin, this often happens less intensively.
3. GDPR Cookie Consent
With the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin, you can indicate permissions and tick which plugins may become active after permission. Just like with the other plugins you will see a bar at the bottom of the website where you can indicate your permissions and preferences. Depending on these permissions, the plugins are switched on or off.
The plugin has many options so you can set the bar to disappear after a few seconds.
The free version already has more than 300,000 downloads. But there is also a paid version with more features.
4. GDPR Cookie Compliance
The GDPR Cookie Compliance plugin also helps you on your way to comply with the European legislation of the General Data Protection Regulation. But here too, IT WILL NOT MAKE IT FULLY COMPLIANT. You can use this plugin to put a cookie bar at the bottom of your website. where visitors can turn things on and off.
They also made an explanatory video, and that’s always handy.
Online tool for AVG
If you can not or do not want to use the above plugins, then there is another option. You can also generate an extensive privacy statement via an online tool.
It is still quite a job to make your website AVG-proof.
The degree of AVG proofing is of course also dependent on whether or not you have privacy-sensitive information on your website.
NOTE: For every privacy, statement plugin applies that it is a tool to comply with the AVG. With a few presses of the button, your website will not be AVG proof immediately. You often have to manually adjust things to meet all the rules.
Finally, I have another thing about my heart …
Although I fully support the idea of protecting the privacy of consumers, the appearance of popups and bars at the bottom of the website is quite annoying.
While our internet behaviour is based on the fact that we visit new websites every day. And then you always get the first time that report.
I argue for an effective, but not too irritating solution. But whether that will come of it? Perhaps it is food for thought for the policymakers who have come up with the law, but also for the makers of the plugins …