WordPress 4.9.6 is now available. This is a privacy and maintenance release. We encourage you to update your sites to take advantage of the new privacy features.
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect on May 25. The GDPR requires companies and site owners to be transparent about how they collect, use, and share personal data. It also gives individuals more access and choice when it comes to how their own personal data is collected, used, and shared.
It’s important to understand that while the GDPR is a European regulation, its requirements apply to all sites and online businesses that collect, store, and process personal data about EU residents no matter where the business is located.
You can learn more about the GDPR from the European Commission’s Data Protection page.
We’re committed to supporting site owners around the world in their work to comply with this important law. As part of that effort, we’ve added a number of new privacy features in this release.
Logged-out commenters will be given a choice on whether their name, email address, and website are saved in a cookie on their browser.
Site owners can export a ZIP file containing a user’s personal data, using data gathered by WordPress and participating plugins.
Site owners can erase a user’s personal data, including data collected by participating plugins.
A request has been made to perform the following action on your account:
Export Personal Data
To confirm this, please click on the following link:
You can safely ignore and delete this email if you do not want to
take this action.
This email has been sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Site owners have a new email-based method that they can use to confirm personal data requests. This request confirmation tool works for both export and erasure requests, and for both registered users and commenters.
95 updates were made in WordPress 4.9.6. In addition to the above, particularly of note were:
- “Mine” has been added as a filter in the media library.
- When viewing a plugin in the admin, it will now tell you the minimum PHP version required.
- We’ve added new PHP polyfills for forwards-compatibility and proper variable validation.
- TinyMCE was updated to the latest version (4.7.11).
This post has more information about all of the issues fixed in 4.9.6 if you’d like to learn more.
Download WordPress 4.9.6 or venture over to Dashboard ? Updates and click “Update Now.” Sites that support automatic background updates will start updating soon.
Please note that if you’re currently on WordPress 4.9.3, you should manually update your site immediately.