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Complying with GDPR when using Google Fonts

Complying with GDPR when using Google Fonts

Author: WordPress.org

Date: June 18, 2022 

Category: Make WordPress Themes

As you may have heard, a German court fined a website using Google-hosted webfonts for violating Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

This decision affects many themes in the directory. Most of us have been using Google Fonts by enqueuing from Google CDN. While it improves performance, it reveals a user’s IP address which consequently violates a user’s privacy.

How does the decision affect the existing themes?

The themes team strongly encourages the theme authors to update their themes. We recommend updating by switching to locally hosted webfonts. Luckily Google Fonts can be downloaded and bundled in a theme.

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