How do I comply with Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

The best resource for the actual regulation is the EU GDPR Information Portal and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – Final text neatly arranged. You can also search the web for how GDPR affects US based eCommerce sites. 

According to Forbes, "The organization would have to target a data subject in an EU country. Generic marketing doesn’t count. For example, a Dutch user who Googles and finds an English-language webpage written for U.S." 

According to Shopify, "GDPR will impact virtually any company that’s either based in Europe, or has any customers in Europe."

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WordPress Personal Data and Privacy Tools

WordPress recently implemented new tools to help with personal data export and erasure requests. 

Select a Privacy Policy Page


1. Go to WordPress Settings > Privacy

You should already have a Privacy page. 

2. Select the privacy page.

3. Click Use This Page button

You should see a success message.

WordPress reminds you to update your menus. Make sure there is a link on your website that is easy for site visitors to find to access your privacy policy.

WordPress provides links to edit or view your privacy policy page content. Or, from the left WordPress navigation, select Pages and find your Privacy Policy.

WordPress also provides a guide with recommendations on what content to include with your privacy policy. You can find this link later on by re-visiting WordPress Settings > Privacy

Create a New Privacy Policy Page

If you don't have a Privacy Policy page, you can create a new one.


1. Click on WordPress Settings > Privacy

2. Click the Create New Page button


WordPress creates a Privacy Policy page based on their template. 

3. Make any changes that you'd like to the Privacy Policy page

4. Click the Publish button to save changes

5. Follow the "Select a Privacy Policy Page" steps above.