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9 Best WordPress GDPR Plugins to Improve Compliance

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Are you looking for a GDPR plugin to ensure your WordPress site complies with regional laws?

All websites that collect data related to people in the European Union need to be GDPR-compliant. There are several WordPress plugins that can help you with that.

In this article, we will share some of the best GDPR plugins for WordPress that you can use to make your website GDPR-compliant.

The best GDPR plugins for your WordPress site

What Is GDPR and Why Does It Matter?

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. It is a European Union (EU) law that gives individuals in the EU specific rights over accessing and controlling their data on the internet.

GDPR applies to all organizations globally that collect or process data relating to individuals in the EU. For instance, if you live in the United States and run a business website or online store with customers in Europe, then you need to comply with GDPR.

Due to the dynamic nature of websites, no single plugin can offer 100% GDPR compliance. However, many popular plugins have added GDPR-friendly options to ensure that your website follows the law.

Disclaimer: we are not legal experts, but we have written the ultimate WordPress GDPR guide that you can refer to for more details. When in doubt, always consult an Internet law attorney.

With that said, here are the best WordPress plugins that have GDPR compliance options.

1. MonsterInsights – GDPR-Friendly Google Analytics

The MonsterInsights Google Analytics plugin

MonsterInsights is the best Google Analytics plugin for WordPress. It lets you easily add Google Analytics tracking code to your site and displays powerful reports within your WordPress admin.

With MonsterInsights, it’s easy to anonymize or even disable personal data tracking. GDPR requires you to get explicit consent before you collect or process personal identifying information from EU residents, such as IP addresses.

To automatically anonymize data, simply use the MonsterInsights EU Compliance addon.

MonsterInsights EU Compliance Addon

What if you want to track personalized data using Google Analytics? Then, you simply need to get consent from your users. This can also be easily done with MonsterInsights.

The MonsterInsights EU Compliance add-on integrates seamlessly with the Cookie Notice plugin. That plugin is included below at #3 on our list. This means MonsterInsights will not load the analytics script until the user gives explicit consent.

Plus, MonsterInsights is compatible with Google Analytics’ built-in cookie opt-out system as well, and it works seamlessly with Google Analytics’ Chrome browser opt-out extension.

Pricing: MonsterInsights costs $99.50 per year. This includes the EU Compliance addon.

2. WPForms – GDPR-Friendly Contact Forms

WPForms

WPForms is the best contact form plugin for WordPress with built-in GDPR compliance.

You can use WPForms to create all sorts of forms, including contact forms, registration forms, order forms, booking forms, surveys, and more.

To make your forms compliant, just go to the plugin’s Settings page and check the box next to the GDPR enhancements option.

Now, you can disable user tracking cookies and the IP address storage option. It will apply the GDPR Enhancement settings to all your forms, and you can also manage the settings in each form manually.

Enable GDPR settings in WPForms

You can also enable extra GDPR options. These include disabling user tracking cookies and disabling storing details of the user’s browser and operating system.

Another option with WPForms is to turn on GDPR protection for individual forms instead of all your forms. To do this, you just need to check a box in the setting for each form.

WPForms also lets you add a special ‘GDPR Agreement’ checkbox field to your forms. You can add this to your form just like any other field.

GDPR Agreement field in WPForms

Pricing: WPForms costs $39.50 per year. There’s also a free version of WPForms that’s GDPR-compliant.

3. Cookie Notice for GDPR & CCPA

Cookie Notice for GDPR & CCPA

Cookie Notice for GDPR & CCPA is a free WordPress cookie notification popup plugin that lets users give or refuse consent for you to use cookies. It helps you comply with GDPR and CCPA (the California Consumer Privacy Act).

You can customize the cookie notice for your users and include links to your privacy policy or legal pages. It’s quick and easy to get Cookie Notice up and running on your site.

For step-by-step instructions, just see our guide on how to add a cookies popup in WordPress.

The plugin is SEO-friendly and compatible with WPML if you have a multilingual website. It also integrates seamlessly with MonsterInsights and holds on to Google Analytics code until a user consents.

Pricing: Cookie Notice is completely free. There’s no premium version.

4. OptinMonster – GDPR-Friendly Popups and Lead Gen Forms

OptinMonster – The best WordPress popup plugin

OptinMonster is a lead generation tool and one of the best popup creators for WordPress. It lets you create a wide range of email newsletter signup forms and optins that you can display in different ways on your site.

With OptinMonster, you can ensure that your email signup forms are GDPR-compliant. It’s easy to add a privacy policy field with a customizable checkbox. Users can then only submit the form once they’ve checked the box.

If your organization is audited for GDPR compliance, then OptinMonster also has a GDPR Audit Concierge team that can help you out. Plus, their friendly customer service team is always happy to answer questions about GDPR.

Even better, OptinMonster lets you target visitors based on their location. That way, you can ensure you’re showing GDPR-compliant optins to customers in EU countries.

Pricing: OptinMonster costs $9 per month (billed annually). For geolocation targeting, you need the Growth plan, which costs $49 per month.

5. GDPR Cookie Consent (CCPA Ready)

CookieYes

GDPR Cookie Consent covers CCPA as well as GDPR. It lets you create an alert bar on your site with Accept and Reject options so that the user can decide whether to accept or reject cookies.

With this plugin, it’s straightforward to customize the cookie notice with your choice of colors, fonts, styles, positioning, and more. You can put the cookie notice bar at the top or the bottom of your website.

Note that you need to list the specific cookies that the plugin restricts. The plugin can’t automatically block all cookies, or it could break your website.

Pricing: The basic version of GDPR Cookie Consent is free. You can upgrade to the premium version for $100 per year.

6. Complianz

Complianz

Complianz lets you easily create cookie notices for different regions (EU, UK, US, or Canada). You can use it to create a GDPR ‘cookie wall’ and other types of banners.

With Complianz, there’s a built-in option to scan your site for cookies. This lets you automatically add cookie descriptions to your site.

Complianz has a simple, user-friendly setup process. It takes you step by step through getting the plugin up and running on your site.

The premium version lets you view statistics, use A/B testing to improve your cookie accept ratio, generate legally approved documents, and more. It’s also compatible with WordPress multisite networks.

Pricing: Complianz premium costs $59 per year for a single website. There is also a limited free version.

7. Real Cookie Banner

Real Cookie Banner

Real Cookie Banner is a free consent management WordPress plugin. It lets you add legal information to your cookie banner to get user consent and avoid legal problems.

It offers over 100 templates to add the cookie banner notice to your site quickly. And moreover, there are several customization options to change the color, text effects, and more. You can see the preview of the banner before saving your changes.

The plugin has a content blocker feature that works with most WordPress themes and plugins. It makes sure you have full control to display content after getting consent from your website visitors.

It provides you with the knowledge and a checklist to make a cookie banner that makes your site fully GDPR-compliant. Real Cookie Notice supports multiple languages, and you can add the cookie notice in your language.

Pricing: Real Cookie Notice is free. The Pro version costs €59 per year for a single website.

8. GDPR Cookie Compliance (Moove)

GDPR Cookie Compliance (Moove)

GDPR Cookie Compliance is a plugin that lets users enable or disable cookies on your site.

The cookie consent notice is fully customizable and editable, so you can use your own text, logo, colors, and fonts.

The premium version includes a ‘cookie wall’ that prevents users from seeing your site until they accept or reject cookies. You can also target users based on location and see stats about how many users accepted your cookies.

You need to add the scripts that use cookies into the plugin’s settings. Otherwise, it can’t block them.

Pricing: The basic version of GDPR Cookie Compliance is free. The premium version offers more features and costs £59 (GBP) per year for a single site.

9. Cookiebot

Cookiebot

Cookiebot is a highly customizable WordPress GDPR plugin. It lets you display a consent banner on your website to manage user consent required by GDPR, ePR, CCPA, and global legislation.

It provides a cookie policy to display on your site with all relevant and updated information. You can also display exclusive optins for users with a specific age.

The plugin runs regular website scans to delete third-party cookies. It holds the cookie and user tracking until the user consents to ensure compliance.

The plugin supports multiple languages for your consent banner and cookie declaration. Cookiebot gives you a secure storage facility to keep your cookie information that you can present as proof when needed.

Pricing: Cookiebot is a free, open-source plugin. The premium Small plan of the plugin costs €12 per month.

Which Is the Best GDPR Plugin for WordPress?

The plugins you need for GDPR depend entirely on your needs.

If you are not sure which to pick, then here are the absolute must-have plugins:

  • Use MonsterInsights to add and control your Google Analytics tracking easily. It’s the best Google Analytics tool for WordPress, making it very straightforward for you to comply with GDPR policies about analytics data.
  • Use WPForms to create GDPR-compliant contact forms, registration forms, booking forms, and more. Adding GDPR compliance to your forms is as simple as checking a box.
  • Use OptinMonster to target the users in the EU region and show the GDPR-compliant popups.
  • Use Cookie Notice for GDPR & CCPA to display a cookie notification on your site. It integrates with MonsterInsights and has many different options to customize how cookie consent works on your site.

We hope this article helped you learn about the best GDPR plugins for WordPress. You may also want to check out our other WordPress guides that can help improve your overall website.

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  2. Julie says

    This really isn’t clear enough, the article is about the 9 best GDPR plugins, then at the end you state the minimum ones which indicates you need more than one, but just gloss over reasons why,
    Can you make this more clear for true WP Beginners? This is not a WP expert post.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      The plugins we mention have different uses so it would depend on what you want to have on your site for which to use which is what the section at the end goes over. If you share what you had confusion about we will try our best to clarify :)

      Admin

  3. Jiří Vaněk says

    I have a question about using the GDPR compliantz plugin together with Google Analytics. When the user clicks on the website that prohibits the use of cookies, his visit to the website is counted with Google Analytics or not. My question is whether when users click on the prohibition of cookies, whether it affects the traffic statistics.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      It would depend on how your Google analytics is set up for if it blocks the tracking or if it allows anonymized tracking. You would want to reach out to the plugin’s support and they can help elaborate on what it is set to do.

      Admin

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