Jetpack 6.1.1: Privacy Update

Jetpack 6.1.1 is now available for download and includes more privacy and consent tools to ensure your site is GDPR compliant. We’re also shipping a few small fixes in this release, including a fix for secondary languages (for example, English or Spanish variations) with the Likes feature.

We highly recommend that you update your sites to the latest version.

Here’s what’s new in this release:

Cookies & Consents Banner widget updates

If you’re interested in GDPR updates and compliancy, this update is for you. First, the EU Cookie Law Widget is now called the Cookies & Consents Widget Banner and comes with added consent-oriented functionality. The widget also lets you specify a link to your privacy policy, making it easy for visitors to find — if your site has a Privacy Policy page set (introduced in WordPress 4.9.6), we’ll automatically populate the widget’s settings with the URL.

We also added a new setting letting you control the expiration date of the consent banner, plus a new filter jetpack_disable_eu_cookie_law_widget that will disable the banner entirely.

New warning in EU Cookie Law widget

A new warning is displayed while configuring an instance of the EU Cookie Law widget:

Caution: The default policy URL only covers cookies set by Jetpack. If you’re running other plugins, custom cookies, or third-party tracking technologies, you should create and link to your own cookie statement.

Feedback data storage change

We added Feedback data (i.e., Contact Form submissions) to the personal data exported and/or erased by the latest version of WordPress core.

Miscellaneous fixes and updates

Here are a few final fixes to be aware of:

  • WordAds: We don’t show Ads unless the visitor is on the main query within the loop.
  • Likes: We fixed a bug that resulted in an alert box showing for sites set to languages deriving from main ones.
  • Lazy Loading Images: Fixed a bug where images would disappear when scrolling.
  • Sharing: Added a check for validating the Akismet key before allowing sharing by email.
  • WooCommerce Analytics: Fixed PHP warning when attempting to get a list of plugins.

Update to 6.1.1 now

As always, the full changelog has more details on this update, and we’re happy to answer questions you may have via our support channels.

Install Jetpack on your site or update to 6.1.1 now!

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to this release: Alex Kirk, Anthony Bubel, Anthony Garand, Brandon Kraft, Enej Bajgoric, Eric Binnion, Igor Zinovyev, James Huff, James Nylen, Jason Caldwell, Jeff Bowen, Jeremy Herve, Mikael Korpela, Mike Jolley, and RC Lations.

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Jetpack 6.1: General Maintenance

Happy May and welcome to Jetpack 6.1. This month brings us another general maintenance release, so you won’t find any big surprises here, but there are still some important improvements to learn about.

The new things you’ll find in 6.1 are:

Privacy information links added

Jetpack’s position regarding its users and their visitors’ privacy has been enhanced in the process to make all of Automattic’s software GDPR-compliant.

You will now will see a footer on the “More Info” popover that appears next to each feature setting. These link to specific sections in our support docs describing privacy implications in the event you want to learn more about them.

Stats and Do Not Track changes

We now offer the users a way to have a clear map of the privacy implications of each Jetpack feature. We also introduced a new filter that will honor the Do Not Track feature for visitors that choose to take advantage of it.

Note that this only affects Jetpack’s own Stats feature and nothing else.

WordAds improvements

There are two improvements to the WordAds program to share this month. First, we’ve added support for the ads.txt file.

Second, we’ve introduced a new shortcode, [wordads], which allows you to include an ad inline on any given post or page content. This will give you even more flexibility in defining where your ads appear on your site.

Additional performance enhancements

There are a few bugfixes and enhancements in this release, but the main issues we tackled are the following:

  • When a post transitions to publish, Jetpack used to add Publicize post meta to all posts, whether or not it was a Publicize-able post type. This has been adjusted.
  • We removed the Sharing and Like display functionality from WooCommerce’s Cart, Checkout, and Account pages.
  • Users running their site on PHP 7.2 were seeing notices on their logs related to language features that were updated with this latest release of PHP. These notices should now be addressed.

Full changelog and thanks

As always, you can read the full changelog and see what else we have improved in this release.

Install Jetpack on your site or upgrade to 6.1 today to experience the latest and greatest!

Thanks to all the contributors to this release:

Aaron Douglas, Alex Mills, Allen Snook, Anthony Bubel, Brandon Kraft, Daniel Walmsley, David Newman, Derek Smart, Eric Johnson, Egill R. Erlendsson, Elio Rivero, Enej Bajgoric, Eric Binnion, George Stephanis, Igor Zinovyev, Javi Alvarez, Jacopo Tomasone, Jason Johnston, Jeremy Herve, Jeff Bowen, Jeff Stieler, Joan Rho, Justin Shreve, Lance Willett, Michael D Adams,  Michael Turk, Miguel Lezama, Mikael Korpela, Mike Jolley, Niels Lange, Oscar Lopez, Peter Westwood, Rastislav Lamoš, RC Lations, Rob Landers, Rocco Tripaldi, Taegon Kim, Tugdual de Kerviler, Yaroslav Kukharuk, and Žiga Sancin.

 

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