New Privacy Features and Updated Policies
We’re rolling out updates to our privacy features and policies in the coming weeks. You’ll have more control over your personal information and more detail on what information we keep and what we do with it. The updates will also make sure we comply with new privacy laws, and will help you do the same for your own website or store.
Our New Privacy Features
Over the past several months, we’ve upgraded many of the privacy-related features on WordPress.com, Jetpack, WooCommerce, and other Automattic products. We want to give you more visibility into the personal data we use and more control over the data you share with us.
In recent weeks, we’ve added:
- More detailed information on the data our products collect and use, like the information you’ll find in the new Jetpack Privacy Center, as well in-product notifications for privacy-related information.
- Opt-outs for data uses, like the ability to turn off Automattic’s first-party analytics system on your Jetpack site.
- Additional contracts (Data Processing Agreements) for paid users who require them to comply with data protection and privacy laws. If you need a Data Processing Agreement, let us know by contacting support for your product.
Over the coming weeks we plan to launch:
- A way for users to request access to their personal data.
- Account closure for WordPress.com accounts.
- Opt-outs for Automattic’s first party analytics system for WordPress.com users.
We’re also releasing features to help you and your site meet the requirements of new privacy laws, like Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) that goes into effect on May 25, 2018. You can read the full text of the GDPR, as well as the European Commission’s summary. Our new features include: a new “cookie and consent” notification that WordPress.com and Jetpack site owners can add to their sites, and tools for our WooCommerce.com merchants to manage data access and deletion requests from their customers.
These updates are in addition to the privacy protections we’ve always had in place to help you control your content, keep it secure, or even move your site to another WordPress host.
What’s New in Our Policies?
- We added a new Privacy Notice to explain the data that we collect, on behalf of our users, about visitors to our users’ websites.
- We updated our Terms of Service to reflect the importance of data protection and privacy laws. Our Terms of Service (and those for Automattic Ads) require that our users comply with applicable laws and regulations as the site owners, and, for added clarity, we included privacy and data protection laws as one of the specific examples.
And there’s more to come! We’ll announce more detailed information about privacy features on privacy.blog — follow us there for the latest.