Jetpack 6.1, Check Out The Privacy Information
Jetpack 6.1, Check Out The Privacy Information – 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
They now offer the users a way to have a clear map of the privacy implications of each Jetpack feature. They 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.
There are two improvements to the WordAds program to share this month. First, we’ve added support for the ads.txt file.
Second, They’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.
A new filter is available that honors the Do Not Track feature. This filter only affects the Stats module and will not track visitors who have Do Not Track enabled. This filter may be exposed as a setting in the UI in a future update.
Sharing and Likes functionality has been removed from WooCommerce’s Cart, Checkout, and Account pages. Notices that appeared in log files related to language features on sites running PHP 7.2 have been fixed.
Continuing the progress made in Jetpack 6.0 towards GDPR compliance, 6.1 adds More Info buttons to every module that handles user data.
The More Info buttons contain links to specific sections of support documents that describe whether or not the module is activated by default, what data is used for site owners and visitors, and what data is synchronized with WordPress.com.
In the example above, the Privacy Information link for the WordPress.com Toolbar module points to the following support document. With all of this information now readily available, users can educate themselves on the privacy implications of each module and decide what’s best for their visitors.