Take control of you data privacy with FortressDB

Form data and privacy

When your customers use your services, they are trusting you with their personal information. Protecting privacy is a big responsibility for any organisation.

Data privacy doesn’t just relate to cookies. It’s about how data is collected and retained, and includes personal data that is provided by web visitors and software users through forms.

Different countries or groups of countries have different privacy laws. The most prominent at the moment is GDPR, which governs the European Union, and any company or organisation interacting with citizens of the EU. Non-profits, just like commercial businesses, are subject to GDPR and similar laws.

Control how you store your data using FortressDB to ensure you comply with privacy laws.

Protecting privacy starts with secure data

FortressDB’s most obvious benefit for privacy is that it’s completely secure. Nobody without permission can access or read the personal data that you hold. Privacy isn’t just about security, though. In addition to being secure, FortressDB also has other features for protecting privacy.

Choose your Location

GDPR applies to personal information hosted within the EU and data concerning citizens of the EU. Depending on your needs, the location for hosting personal data could be a significant choice.

FortressDB offers 3 different locations. Conveniently, you don’t need to move your WordPress host, you can simply use the FortressDB plugin to store your form data elsewhere.

The choices for storing your data are:

  • The United States of America (US)
  • The United Kingdom (UK)
  • The European Union (EU)

Matching native WordPress user roles

Not everyone in your organisation needs to see the personal data you hold, and it would be irresponsible to give every person in a large company that sort of access.

WordPress has built-in user roles that give different levels of access to different people. FortressDB uses these same roles to control access to data.

Each form or data table has CRUD (Create, Read, Update and Delete) settings. There is also a “Not logged in” option for non-personal information you want to share openly.

WordPress websites and privacy policies

When you visit a website, you’ll usually be shown a pop-up informing you about the site’s privacy policy and use of cookies. This goes hand in hand with GDPR and data privacy, and WordPress has created its own privacy policy.

WordPress talk: “Building Your Privacy Policy”

Ronnie Burt, CBO for CampusPress and WPMU DEV, gave an excellent talk on this subject at WordCamp Atlanta in 2019. Watch the video of his talk here:

Professional help from Termageddon

For professional help with your privacy policy, we suggest you look at They offer tailored privacy policies for as little as $10 per month, perfect if your company doesn’t have a large budget for legal fees. Termageddon uses qualified lawyers to prepare its privacy policies, and these automatically update when laws change so you’ll never be caught out and left behind.

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