WordPress 4.9.6 RC1 Released

WordPress 4.9.6 Release Candidate 1 is available for download and addresses some of the issues that have been reported in beta 1. Since the beta’s release, there have been 30 bugs fixed.

Many of the fixes in this release are focused on the new privacy tools that help with GDPR compliance. The verbiage has been changed in multiple areas to make explanations and actions clearer. For example, the Privacy Policy introduction text has been shortened and more user friendly.

One notable bug fix is that site administrators now receive an email when a Personal Data Export/Removal request is confirmed. In a future version of WordPress, it’s possible that the notification bubbles will be extended to display confirmed requests.

A full list of changes in this release can be found on Trac. This minor release needs more testing than usual due to the privacy tools and enhancements introduced. Please test 4.9.6 on staging site or local server and if you encounter any issues, report them on the Alpha/Beta/Release Candidate section of the forums.

11 Comments


  1. Still no feature to inform site owners or ask permission to send their data to wordpress.org. Does wordpress.org intend to not comply with GDPR themselves?

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    1. This Time i’m not going to update WordPress..

      Last time i have updated my wordpress and all of my site’s setting got changed :(

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    2. I agree, this is long overdue.

      However, I guess this won’t happen, as my feeling is, that the Core dev team and Automattic seems not fully understand what the GDPR means in that regard. It’s a shame.

      I get, that some info is needed to make the update process happen properly – and by all means we need a proper update system.

      But they have to at least declare in full and in public what data goes where and when and how long it is kept. And for storing the IP address they must implement a mechanism to anonymize it as that is required by GDPR.

      If there is any data, that might not be essential but is only optional then the user MUST get the option to OPT-IN to also transfer that data.

      That would mean another option setting in the UI, yes. And again this then has to be opt-in.

      I am curious how long we have to wait for all that. If there are any legal cases around the whole thing we might get it earlier, who knows…

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  2. Will WordPress have better SVG image support? I don’t understand what the security issue is with uploading the SVG files we make. Why can’t they just be uploaded like regular image files in WordPress?

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  3. Hello guys.
    Do you have any idea if WP 4.9.6 is compatible with php 5.2? Specifically is this GDPR features will actually work on an instance running php 5.2?
    Thank you in advance for your answer.
    Andrei

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    1. Do not run php 5.2 in public, period.

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  4. We’ve shut off WordPress Automatic updates for the next few releases just to be cautious. Most of our clients provide services locally to the local community and don’t conduct EU transactions.

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