Free WordPress plugins for GDPR and cookies

Plugin WordPress gratuiti per GDPR e cookie

Which plugins to use to make your own WP GDPR compliant site? And how do you make cookies instead? The two things actually go hand in hand, and must be carefully configured in both cases: doing things right means meeting the requirements of both, obviously for your peace of mind and that of visitors to your websites. A myriad of more or less equivalent solutions have been developed in this area, for which today I will make a small review on the topic of privacy and WordPress, just to try to do some clarity.

Introduction

Let’s start with the idea that, not being purely technical but also (and above all) linked to the European laws on GDPR and those of cookies, there is no single and valid solution for every site: the best GDPR plugin, in fact, may not exist, at least not in a pre-packaged form (install a plugin, enable it and on: it doesn’t work like that!). This is important to underline because, from what I have been able to understand in these months working on the sites of various clients, everyone has different needs: who sells products will have a GDPR and a cookie treatment different from those who have a blog, and among these those who own an amateur site or with Adsense banners (to say) will fall into cases that are still different from each other. For this reason it is always advisable to rely on expert opinion on the subject, so much so that I myself – who have a purely technical background – followed an intensive course on privacy and the adaptation of software about a year ago with my professional order, without even the experts being able to give an answer there net to each question asked.

Anyway, the ones I found they are the most reasonable and up-to-date choices, at least at first sight, for your WordPress sites. The old and outdated plugins have been, for obvious reasons, excluded from the list. No commercial solutions have been included such as the well-known CookieBot and Iubenda, which you will already know – and which would still be too restrictive in the free versions, however available if one would then use them. I remind you of course that these solutions implement a considerable workload within them: they take charge of managing privacy themselves, since they also provide the models to follow, the wordings to be used and so on. Free plugins do this, of course, but in many cases they will be translated from English into Italian.

EU Cookie Law (GDPR)

EU Cookie Law (GDPR) was developed in Europe for websites including Italian ones, so it seems to be one of the most user-friendly and developed with particular attention to graphics and integration on different websites. It offers various customizations such as colors, banner and link position, responsive, cookie expiration, various non-invasive and multi-language popups (WPML). Below is a short video explaining the features – download from here.

Cookie Notice for GDPR

This second plugin is downloaded from here and allows visitors to adequately inform that your site uses cookies, and that it does so in compliance with the EU law on the regulation of cookies and of course also with the GDPR.

GDPR Cookie Compliance

Smart Cookie Kit was written by Nicola Modugno (download from here)

GDPR Cookie Consent

The plugin in question will give you a hand to make your site compliant with European GDPR thanks to two main features: first, showing the buttons for accepting and rejecting cookies (default value: do not accept), while the cookies used by the site are shown in clear, on the specific page, thanks to a simple shortcode. Very nice also graphically, since it is placed in the footer in a minimally invasive way. You download from here and therefore allows you to adapt your site to the GDPR and the Italian law on cookies. It is one of the fastest and easiest plugins to configure, even if it requires manually translating the pages with information – something that can easily be done even with Google Translate – I also suggest this Google Translations theme article, to better understand how use it without errors.

Smart Cookie Kit

Smart Cookie Kit it was written by Nicola Modugno (download from here) and is particularly suitable for marketing sites and they do statistics on users, often treating data with newsletters and the like. Cookies, also in this case, are released asynchronously, so not incorrectly as done by other plugins that did not allow them to be rejected in any way (even if, to be honest, the blocking can also be done by browser, and – as I have always maintained, I hope for good reason – it would also suffice to only inform the user of this possibility).

Smart Cookie Kit therefore serves to block cookies until the visitor accepts them, and then allows you to continue browsing without having to reload the page twice. It even blocks tags

How to use plugins correctly

Most of the plugins in question, in any case, must be configured carefully, on a case-by-case basis, sometimes by manually writing the site’s conditions of use, those concerning the processing of personal data and those on the use of cookies specific to your site: which changes, for example, if you use Google Analytics (for statistical purposes) and without saving users’ IPs, apparently) or if you save access data, guest user sessions, logs and so on.

In addition, the simple installation of the listed free plugins (one or more, in case) not automatically makes GDPR compliant your site, as each site uses different cookies, so you will have to go and make a list of the features you offer and adapt always your site accordingly. With the use of commercial plugins, on the other hand, this task is fulfilled at least in large part by the companies that offer those services, provided that you can identify the services that use user data, the person responsible for privacy and so on.

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