Jetpack 6.0 Takes Steps Towards GDPR Compliance

Jetpack 6.0 is available for upgrade. It comes with improvements to the social media icons widget, enhanced brute force protection, and better compatibility between WooCommerce and Jetpack.

Its headlining features though are privacy related as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to go into effect May 25th. In 6.0, Jetpack has a dedicated privacy settings page that links to privacy documents and includes a way to opt-out of activity tracking.

These settings can be accessed by clicking the Privacy link at the bottom of the Jetpack Dashboard page.

Jetpack 6.0 Privacy Settings

The 'What Data Does Jetpack Sync' page outlines what data is used, how it's used, the relationship it has with the WordPress mobile apps, and provides an inside look at how Jetpack works.

These are the first steps towards GDPR compliance with more updates planned before the regulation goes into effect next month.


11 responses to “Jetpack 6.0 Takes Steps Towards GDPR Compliance”

  1. I find it interesting that this comes on the heels of Facebook announcing that they have no intention of fully complying with the GDPR.

    I’ll bet at the end of the day that the US government will cave and shield ALL US businesses from obligation to comply.

    We have no intention to spend one dime to comply with this ever.

  2. What about the Jetpack comments/discussion module? At minimum, that’s going to need an opt-in checkbox to allow explicit consent for the information collected by the comment form, isn’t it? Aside from the information entered voluntarily in the fields, there’s at least IP address also collected.


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