WordPress 4.9.6 – Privacy and Maintenance Release

WordPress 4.9.6 has been released. As always, be sure to update as soon as possible. You should always backup your site before any updates. If you need help, feel free to contact me.

I wanted to talk a bit about this update. While it contains the usual assortment of maintenance updates, there is a very important privacy update in this release.  As of May 25th, all site owners will have to comply with GDPR. To do  so, you need to add a Privacy Policy to your site, and link it on all pages. The easiest way to do that would be to include it in your footer.

Here’s WordPress’ information of the GDPR:


The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect on May 25. The GDPR requires companies and site owners to be transparent about how they collect, use, and share personal data. It also gives individuals more access and choice when it comes to how their own personal data is collected, used, and shared.

It’s important to understand that while the GDPR is a European regulation, its requirements apply to all sites and online businesses that collect, store, and process personal data about EU residents no matter where the business is located.

You can learn more about the GDPR from the European Commission’s Data Protection page.

We’re committed to supporting site owners around the world in their work to comply with this important law. As part of that effort, we’ve added a number of new privacy features in this release.

You can read more about that here. Again, this has to be implemented by May 25th. If you need help, feel free to contact me and I can help you get your privacy policy added to your site.

WordPress 4.9.6 – Privacy and Maintenance Release

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