9 Best WordPress GDPR Plugins to Improve Compliance
Are you looking for a GDPR plugin to make sure your WordPress site is in compliance with regional laws?
All websites worldwide that collect data related to people in the European Union need to be GDPR compliant. There are several WordPress plugins that can help you with that.
In this article, we will share the best GDPR plugins for WordPress that you can use to make your website GDPR compliant.
What is GDPR and Why Does It Matter?
GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. It is a European Union (EU) law that gives individuals in the EU specific rights over accessing and controlling their data on the internet.
GDPR applies to all organizations across the world that collect or process data relating to individuals in the EU. For instance, if you live in the United States and run a business website or online store with customers in Europe, then you need to comply with GDPR.
Due to the dynamic nature of websites, no single plugin can offer 100% GDPR compliance. However many of the popular plugins have added GDPR friendly options to ensure that your website abides by the law.
Disclaimer: we’re not legal experts, but we have written the ultimate WordPress GDPR guide that you can refer to for more details. When in doubt, always consult an internet law attorney.
With that said, here are the best WordPress plugins that have GDPR compliance options.
With MonsterInsights, it’s easy to anonymize or even disable personal data tracking. GDPR requires you to get explicit consent before you collect or process personal identifying information from EU residents, such as IP addresses.
To automatically anonymize data, simply use the MonsterInsights EU Compliance addon.
What if you want to track personalized data using Google Analytics? Then you simply need to get consent from your users. This can also be easily done with MonsterInsights.
The MonsterInsights EU Compliance add-on integrates seamlessly with the Cookie Notice plugin. That plugin is included below at #3 on our list. This means MonsterInsights will not load the analytics script until the user gives their explicit consent.
Plus, MonsterInsights is compatible with Google Analytics’ built-in cookie opt-out system as well, and it works seamlessly with Google Analytics’ Chrome browser opt-out extension.
Pricing: MonsterInsights costs from $99.50/year. This includes the EU Compliance addon.
You can use WPForms to create all sorts of forms, including contact forms, registration forms, order forms, booking forms, surveys, and more.
To make your forms compliant, simply go to plugin’s settings page and check the box next to GDPR enhancements option. Once you’ve done this, WPForms will not collect IP addresses on any of your forms.
You can also enable extra GDPR options. These include disabling user tracking cookies and disabling storing details of the user’s browser and operating system.
Another option with WPForms is to turn on GDPR protection for individual forms instead of for all your forms. To do this, you just need to check a box in the setting for each form.
WPForms also lets you add a special ‘GDPR Agreement’ checkbox field to your forms. You can add this to your form just like any other field.
Pricing: WPForms costs from $39.50/year. There’s also a free version of WPForms that’s also GDPR compliant.
The plugin is SEO friendly and it’s compatible with WPML if you have a multilingual website. It also integrates seamlessly with MonsterInsights and holds on to Google Analytics code until a user gives consent.
Pricing: Cookie Notice is completely free. There’s no premium version.
OptinMonster is a lead generation tool and one of the best popup creators for WordPress. It lets you create a wide range of email newsletter signup forms and optins that you can display in different ways on your site.
If your organization is audited for GDPR compliance, OptinMonster also has a GDPR Audit Concierge team that can help you out. Plus, their friendly customer service team is always happy to answer questions about GDPR.
Even better, OptinMonster lets you target visitors based on their location. That way, you can make sure you’re showing GDPR-compliant optins to customers in EU countries.
Pricing: OptinMonster costs from $9/month (billed annually). For geolocation targeting, you need the Growth plan, which costs from $49/month.
GDPR Cookie Consent covers CCPA as well as GDPR. It lets you create an alert bar on your site with Accept and Reject options so the user can decide whether to accept or reject cookies.
With this plugin, it’s straightforward to customize the cookie notice with your choice of colors, fonts, styles, positioning, and more. You can choose to put the cookie notice bar at the top or the bottom of your website.
Note that you need to list the specific cookies that the plugin restricts. The plugin can’t automatically block all cookies, or it could break your website.
Pricing: The basic version of GDPR Cookie Consent is free. You can upgrade to the premium version from $49/year.
Complianz lets you easily create cookie notices for different regions (EU, UK, US, or Canada). You can use it to create a GDPR ‘cookie wall’ as well as other types of banner.
With Complianz, there’s the built-in option to scan your site for cookies. This lets you automatically add cookie descriptions to your site.
Complianz has a simple, user-friendly setup process. It takes you step by step through getting the plugin up and running on your site.
The premium version lets you view statistics, use A/B testing to improve your cookie accept ratio, generate legally approved documents, and more. It’s also compatible with WordPress multisite networks.
Pricing: Complianz premium starts from $55/year. There is also a limited free version.
WP GDPR Compliance also makes it easy for users to request to see their data that’s stored in your database.
It providers a special Data Request page that lets users have temporary access to their information. They can also request that you delete their information, if they want to.
Pricing: WP GDPR Compliance is free. The developers welcome donations.
GDPR Cookie Compliance from Moove is a plugin that lets users enable or disable cookies on your site.
The cookie consent notice is fully customizable and editable so you can use your own text, logo, colors, and fonts.
The premium version include a ‘cookie wall’ that prevents users from seeing your site until they accept or reject cookies. You can also target users based on their location, and see stats about how many users accepted your cookies.
Pricing: The basic version of GDPR Cookie Compliance is free. The premium version offers more features and costs from £49 (GBP).
You can use shortcodes to prevent sections of code or even text from displaying if cookies aren’t accepted.
This plugin uses responsive design, so should look good on all mobile devices. It’s also fully compatible with WPML for multilingual websites.
EU Cookie Law for GDPR/CCPA is designed to be a lightweight plugin that will not affect your WordPress site’s speed and performance.
Pricing: EU Cookie Law for GDPR/CCPA is a free, open source plugin.
Which GDPR Plugin Should You Use?
The plugins you need for GDPR depends entirely on your needs.
If you’re not sure which to pick, here are the absolute must-have plugins:
Use MonsterInsights to easily add and control your Google Analytics tracking. It’s the best Google Analytics tool for WordPress, and it makes it very straightforward for you to comply with GDPR when it comes to analytics data.
Use WPForms to create GDPR compliant contact forms, registration forms, booking forms, and more. Adding GDPR compliance to your forms is as simple as checking a box.
Use Cookie Notice for GDPR & CCPA to display a cookie notification on your site. It integrates with MonsterInsights and it has lots of different options to customize how cookie consent works on your site.
We hope this article helped you learn about the best GDPR plugins for WordPress. You may also want to see our article on the best plugins for business websites, and our comparison of the best business phone services.
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