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. Several WordPress plugins 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.
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 abides by the law.
Disclaimer: we’re 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
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.
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 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, go to the plugin’s settings page and check the box next to the GDPR enhancements option. Once you’ve done this, WPForms will not collect IP addresses on your forms.
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.
Pricing: WPForms costs $39.50 per year. There’s also a free version of WPForms that’s also GDPR compliant.
3. Cookie Notice for GDPR & CCPA
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 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.
If your organization is audited for GDPR compliance, 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)
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 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 $69 per year.
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 the 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 starts from $49 per year. There is also a limited free version.
7. WP GDPR Compliance
WP GDPR Compliance lets you automatically add a GDPR checkbox to certain site areas. This includes WordPress comments and registration, and also WooCommerce pages.
WP GDPR Compliance also makes it easy for users to request to see the data stored in your database.
It provides a special Data Request page that lets users temporarily access their information. They can also request that you delete their information if they want to.
Pricing: WP GDPR Compliance is free. The developers welcome donations.
8. GDPR Cookie Compliance (Moove)
GDPR Cookie Compliance from Moove 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 their location and see stats about how many users accepted your cookies.
Pricing: The basic version of GDPR Cookie Compliance is free. The premium version offers more features and costs £59 (GBP).
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.
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 support multiple languages for 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 version of the plugin costs €12.
Which GDPR Plugin Should You Use?
The plugins you need for GDPR depend entirely on your needs.
If you’re not sure which to pick, 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 regarding 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 Cookie Notice for GDPR & CCPA to display a cookie notification on your site. It integrates with MonsterInsights, and it has lots of 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 guides on the best plugins for business websites and how to set up an auto attendant phone system for your website.
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Moosa Lubega says
what does impact my website if I don’t install the GDPR compliance plugin?
WPBeginner Support says
We would recommend taking a look at our article below for a better understanding of GDPR and how it affects your site: