Open Agenda Item: #core-privacy and Gutenberg

The Difficulty: GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ development happens on GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/, instead of on TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. (which allows for “needs-privacy-review” to be added to the workflow of any ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker.). This makes it very difficult for other teams to keep up with changes that have a potential significant impact on their team. The Gutenberg repository is huge and it is simply not possible for those working on smaller teams to keep up with all issues / PRs while trying to run their own teams and dealing with other responsibilities.

Other Solutions We Have Considered: We have considered subscribing the #core-privacy channel on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. to GitHub. The rest-api channel did this, but it leads to some flooding and does not work when labels are added later on (which would usually be the case with privacy).

So What Do We DO? All triagetriage The act of evaluating and sorting bug reports, in order to decide priority, severity, and other factors. volunteers on the Gutenberg repository on GitHub should please consider whether a particular issue touches on any of the following. If it does, the issue should not proceed / the PR should not be committed, before the Privacy team has been given a meaningful opportunity to consult. If you find such an issue, please post a link here, so we can have a look. Please also makemake A collection of P2 blogs at make.wordpress.org, which are the home to a number of contributor groups, including core development (make/core, formerly "wpdevel"), the UI working group (make/ui), translators (make/polyglots), the theme reviewers (make/themes), resources for plugin authors (make/plugins), and the accessibility working group (make/accessibility). use of the #core-privacy channel on Slack if you need our help. We rely on the Gutenberg triage volunteers’ assistance in this matter.

Issues / PRs that are considered to affect privacy:

1. If the issue / PR suggests that an external call should be made from the site owners’ WordPress installation to any other external site (whether PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 / JavaScriptJavaScript JavaScript or JS is an object-oriented computer programming language commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers. WordPress makes extensive use of JS for a better user experience. While PHP is executed on the server, JS executes within a user’s browser. https://www.javascript.com/. / CSSCSS Cascading Style Sheets.), even if this site is WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/;

2. If an account with a third party would be needed in order to utilize any functionality (basically SaaS – I do not expect that this is likely to happen, but I am including it here for the sake of completeness);

3. Calls to any APIs (including, but not limited to calls to external APIs for the purposes of updates);

4. Use of any remote assets (e.g. images / JavaScript libraries / fonts hosted elsewhere);

5. Any cookies are proposed / use of local browser storage, or similar;

6. If the editor proposes to write any information to the DB (other than content like posts explicitly generated by the user);

7. If new Custom Post Types are proposed;

8. If new custom tables are proposed;

9. If any PPI (Protected Personal Information) may be stored;

10. If any e-mails will be sent by the code;

11. If there will be any advertisements in wp-adminadmin (and super admin) (again, not something I think is likely, just including it for completeness);

12. If any backlinks are requested (again, probably unlikely for Gutenberg).

Please also report any items not listed here, which you think may affect the privacy component.

Thank you for your co-operation and transparency in this matter.

Privacy Office Hours Minutes 14 May 2020 Plans for WCEU Contributor Day

Mission for WCEU Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/.:

Makemake A collection of P2 blogs at make.wordpress.org, which are the home to a number of contributor groups, including core development (make/core, formerly "wpdevel"), the UI working group (make/ui), translators (make/polyglots), the theme reviewers (make/themes), resources for plugin authors (make/plugins), and the accessibility working group (make/accessibility). Privacy Actionable.

Working groups:

There will be two working groups:
– Coding working group (coordinated by @garrett-eclipse);
– Non-coding working group (coordinated by @carike).

Pre-event office hours:

– 3 June 2020 at 10:00 UTC;
– 3 June 2020 at 19:00 UTC.

Pre-event office hours are to help onboard new contributors.
This primarily involves making sure that they have access to the tools necessary for the day.

Tools:

SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/.:
Privacy Policy: region-specific at https://slack.com/intl/en-us/privacy-policy
Terms of Service: region-specific at https://slack.com/intl/en-us/terms-of-service/user

StreamYard:
Privacy Policy: https://streamyard.com/resources/docs/privacy/
Terms of Service: https://streamyard.com/resources/docs/tos/
We will be using StreamYard, as a number of experienced contributors in coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.-privacy have expressed an unwillingness to use Zoom due to privacy considerations.

YouTube:
Privacy Policy: https://policies.google.com/privacy
Terms of Service: https://www.youtube.com/t/terms

Core TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. (coding working group):
Privacy Policy: https://wordpress.org/about/privacy/

GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ (coding working group):
Privacy Policy: https://help.github.com/en/github/site-policy/github-privacy-statement
Terms of Service: https://help.github.com/en/github/site-policy/github-terms-of-service

How to participate:

As a host:
If you are interested in hosting one or more topics, please comment below.
You can contact @carike on Slack if you would like more information.

As a guest via StreamYard:
You DO NOT need to register a StreamYard account in order to enter the stream as a guest.
You DO NOT need to download any program in order to use StreamYard. It is an in-browser solution.
You DO NOT need to appear on-screen if that is not something you are comfortable with. An audio-only option is available. We’re going to be using a very practical approach, so I’m going to be screen-sharing most of the time anyway.
We will provide new contributors with instructions on joining StreamYard as a guest via e-mail.
Instructions can also be found here: Guest Instructions: https://streamyard.com/resources/docs/guest-instructions/
We will provide new contributors with a link to join the stream via Direct Message (DM) on Slack, as there can only be six contributors “onscreen” (or via audio) at any one time (i.e. two hosts and four new contributors), with up to four additional new contributors in the “waiting room”.

As a guest via YouTube:
You DO NOT need to register an account with YouTube in order to watch the stream.
You DO need to register an account and be logged in to YouTube in order to participate in the live chat.
StreamYard supports integrating live chat messages from YouTube.
This will allow for more real-time input and also allow participation among those who do not want to use audio, or appear onscreen.
We are trying to recruit experienced contributors to help moderate the YouTube live chat to ensure compliance with the WCEU Code of Conduct, as well as to highlight any questions, comments and suggestions to the hosts.
Please comment below if you are able to help with YouTube live chat moderation.
You can find a copy of the WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Europe Online 2020 here: https://2020.europe.wordcamp.org/code-of-conduct/

Via Trac (coding working group):
You DO need to register an account with WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ in order to comment on Trac tickets.

Via GitHub (coding working group):
You DO need to register an account with GitHub in order to create / comment on issues or to create / comment on Pull Requests (PRs).

On the day:

Coding working group:

13:00 – 16:00 UTC (coding working group)
Garrett will be available on Slack during this time.

The coding working group will participate via Slack, Core Trac and GitHub.
@garrett-eclipse is going through the list of privacy-related tickets to mark them with the “good first bugbug A bug is an error or unexpected result. Performance improvements, code optimization, and are considered enhancements, not defects. After feature freeze, only bugs are dealt with, with regressions (adverse changes from the previous version) being the highest priority.tagtag A directory in Subversion. WordPress uses tags to store a single snapshot of a version (3.6, 3.6.1, etc.), the common convention of tags in version control systems. (Not to be confused with post tags.) where applicable.
For the more adventurous, there is the option to contribute to “help wanted” tickets for the next major releasemajor release A release, identified by the first two numbers (3.6), which is the focus of a full release cycle and feature development. WordPress uses decimaling count for major release versions, so 2.8, 2.9, 3.0, and 3.1 are sequential and comparable in scope. (WordPress 5.5.).
An overview of current privacy tickets can be found here:
https://make.wordpress.org/core/components/privacy/

Non-coding working group:

The non-coding working group will have two two-hour sessions.

13:30 – 15:00 UTC
How to market without destroying user privacy (working title only).
Hosts: @carike and @jonoaldersonwp
During this session, we hope to identify online marketing best-practices that can be implemented even when users have opted-out (or not opted-in, depending on the jurisdiction) to being tracked with the view of creating actionable Trac tickets and / or to provide a resource for content marketing.
Topics will include:
– What is informed consent in a marketing context?
– Which digital marketing strategies were employed pre-the-ability-to-track-across-platforms and how may we able to adapt these?
– Which data points may still remain available for analytics if a user opts out of / does not opt in to the collection of their PPI.
Jono is “special ops” at Yoast SEO and we are very excited to have him participate.

16:00 – 18:00 UTC
A case study in the application of the Privacy Workflow Document and the Disclosures and Permissions (DPT) tabs.
Hosts: @carike and @pepe
In this session, we will be attempting to harmonize the Privacy Workflow Document and the Disclosures and Permissions (DPT) tabs and apply them practically to the WP Job Manager pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party.
The desired outcome for this session is an action plan for an education drive among plugin and theme authors regarding the proposed disclosures.json file.
Pepe has previously presented at WordCamp, is very involved with the #core-privacy team and was helped to create the draft Privacy Workflow Document. His insight will be invaluable to this session.

License:

We will be using the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license for the non-coding work group:
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/legalcode

Contributions to the WordPress.org code are licensed in terms of the General Public License (GPLGPL GNU General Public License. Also see copyright license.) version 2 or later:
https://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/gpl-2.0.html

Slack logs:

You can view the Slack logs here:
https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C9695RJBW/p1589396619341400
In order to view the logs, you will first need a WordPress.org account: https://login.wordpress.org/register
You will then need to register a Slack account: https://make.wordpress.org/chat/

Change log:
14 May 2020 at 14:15 UTC – @carike added GitHub information.
14 May 2020 at 17:45 UTC – @carike updated formatting in the Slack links.
16 May 2020 at 11:35 UTC – @carike switched out the non-coding session starting at 16:00 UTC, as Pepe has agreed to co-host.
18 May 2020 at 18:05 UTC – @carike added the times Garrett will be available on Contributor Day.
1 June 2020 at 13:55 UTC – @carike changed the start time for the first non-coding session in order to accommodate the WCEU introductions.
3 June 2020 at 19:40 UTC – @carike added details for the workgroup sessions and removed the third session.

#contributor-day, #privacy, #wceu-2020, #wordcamp-europe-online-2020

Feature Plugin Proposal: WP Consent API

As part of the core-privacy team’s roadmap the team has started development on a Consent APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways. as a feature plugin.

We welcome all thoughts on this proposal, which you are welcome to leave as comments on this post, or share with us directly in the #core-privacy channel on Making WordPress SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/.. We host weekly office hours on Wednesdays at 19:00 UTC, see the meetings page for times in your timezone.

Introduction

A standard way for WordPress coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress., plugins, and themes to obtain consent from users should be established to provide a consistent and stable experience for administrators, developers, and users of all kinds.

Currently it is possible for a consent management pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party to blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. third party services like Facebook, Google Maps, Twitter, if a user does not give consent. But if a WordPress plugin places a PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 cookie, a consent management plugin cannot prevent this.                                         

There are also WordPress plugins that integrate tracking code on the client side in javascriptJavaScript JavaScript or JS is an object-oriented computer programming language commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers. WordPress makes extensive use of JS for a better user experience. While PHP is executed on the server, JS executes within a user’s browser. https://www.javascript.com/. files that, when blocked by a consent management plugin, break the site. Or, if such a plugin’s javascript is minified, causing the URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org to be unrecognizable, it won’t get detected by an automatic blocking script.

Lastly, the blocking approach requires a list of all types of URL’s that place cookies or use other means of tracking. A generic API which plugins adhere to can greatly help a webmaster in getting a site compliant.

Does usage of this API prevent third party services from tracking user data?

Primarily this API is aimed at helping to achieve a compliant use of cookies or other means of tracking by WordPress websites. If a plugin or custom code triggers for example Facebook, usage of this API will be of help to ensure consent. If a user manually embeds a facebook iframeiframe iFrame is an acronym for an inline frame. An iFrame is used inside a webpage to load another HTML document and render it. This HTML document may also contain JavaScript and/or CSS which is loaded at the time when iframe tag is parsed by the user’s browser., a cookie blockerblocker A bug which is so severe that it blocks a release. is needed that initially disables the iframe and or scripts.

Third-party scripts have to be blocked by a blocking functionality in a consent management plugin. To do this in core would be too intrusive, and is also not applicable to all users: only users with visitors from opt in regions such as the European Union require such a feature. Such a feature also has a risk of breaking things. Additionally, blocking these and showing a nice placeholder, requires even more sophisticated code, all of which should not be part of WordPress core, for the same reasons.

That said, the consent API can be used to decide if an iframe or script should be blocked.

How does it work?

There are two indicators that together tell if consent is given for a certain consent categoryCategory The 'category' taxonomy lets you group posts / content together that share a common bond. Categories are pre-defined and broad ranging., e.g. “marketing”:

  1. The region based consent_type, which can be optin, opt out, or other possible consent_types;
  2. The visitor’s choice: not set, allow or deny.

The consent_type is a function that wraps a filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Hooks. They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output., wp_get_consent_type. If there’s no consent management plugin to set it, it will return false. This will cause all consent categories to return true, allowing cookies and other types of tracking for all categories.

If optin is set using this filter, a category will only return true if the value of the visitor’s choice is allow.

If the region based consent_type is opt out, it will return true if the visitor’s choice is not set or is allow.

Clientside, a consent management plugin can dynamically manipulate the consent type, and set the applicable categories.

A plugin can use a hook to listen for changes, or check the value of a given category.

Categories, and most other stuff can be extended with a filter.

Existing integrations

  • Cookiebot
  • Complianz
  • Example plugin. This plugin basically consists of a shortcodeShortcode A shortcode is a placeholder used within a WordPress post, page, or widget to insert a form or function generated by a plugin in a specific location on your site., with a div that shows a tracking or not tracking message. No actual data tracking 🙂

Demo site

Plugins used to set this up:

Technical Scope

The feature pluginFeature Plugin A plugin that was created with the intention of eventually being proposed for inclusion in WordPress Core. See Features as Plugins. should at least handle the following functionality:

  • PHP functions to set the consent level and consent type.
  • PHP functions to retrieve the consent level and consent type.
  • Javascript functions to set the consent level.
  • Javascript hook that fires when a consent level is set.
  • Javascript functions to retrieve the consent level.

Introducing the Feature Plugin

What’s next?

Once the plugin is confirmed as a feature plugin, the next steps would be:

  • To increase the number of users of the feature plugin.
  • To add other interested privacy team members and core developers as contributors of the plugin.
  • To have additional Third-Party consent management plugins to adopt the API.
  • To iterate on the feature plugin development.
  • To audit some specific aspects of the feature plugin:
    • security
    • coding-standards and documentation
  • To create a TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. to handle a potential future merge proposal – if the feature plugin deserves it.

Post written by @rogierlankhorst / @paapst and reviewed by @garrett-eclipse / @carike

#consent-api, #core-privacy, #feature-plugins, #privacy, #privacy-roadmap

Core-Privacy office hours agenda for 04 Marc

With WordPress 5.4 entering the RC (Release Candidaterelease candidate One of the final stages in the version release cycle, this version signals the potential to be a final release to the public. Also see alpha (beta).) stage it’s time for the #core-privacy team to plan next steps. Along with planning privacy updates for 5.5, we’ll be discussing next steps for the Consent APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways. (feature pluginFeature Plugin A plugin that was created with the intention of eventually being proposed for inclusion in WordPress Core. See Features as Plugins.), GDPR Data Request Form (feature plugin) and Compliance Tab during our office hours.

Come and join us for our office hours at our usual time this Wednesday, 04 March, at 1900 UTC on our Slack channel. All are welcome.

Our tentative agenda includes:

See you there.

#core-privacy, #privacy

Privacy Updates in 5.4

WordPress 5.4 brings several improvements to the privacy tools to improve the user experience and expand upon the data provided in personal data exports.

Personal Data Export now includes Session Tokens, Community Events Location and Custom User MetaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress..

In WordPress 5.4 the Personal Data exports were expanded upon to ensure the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) present in Session Tokens (#45889) and the Community Events Location (#43921) user data were made available to the exporting user. This data is made available in the export as custom group sections.

Session Tokens grouping
Community Events Location grouping

Along with the new groupings which will automatically be included in the export if the relevant data is available, developers can now expand upon the User profile data grouping through the use of the new wp_privacy_additional_user_data filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Hooks. They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output..

// Privacy Filter for adding additional user meta to personal data exports.
function my_custom_additional_user_profile_data( $additional_profile_data, $user, $reserved_names ) {
	return array(
		array(
			'name'  => __( 'Data one', 'a-plugin' ),
			'value' => 'one',
		),
		array(
			'name'  => __( 'Data two', 'a-plugin' ),
			'value' => 'two',
		),
		array(
			'name'  => __( 'Data three', 'a-plugin' ),
			'value' => 'three',
		),
		array(
			'name'  => __( 'Data four', 'a-plugin' ),
			'value' => 'four',
		),
	);
}
add_filter( 'wp_privacy_additional_user_profile_data', 'my_custom_additional_user_profile_data', 10, 3 );

Note: The $reserved_names array is supplied to the filter to assist developers in avoiding using these names in their array of additional data. This is due to any additional data matching these names will be suppressed from the export to avoid a conflictconflict A conflict occurs when a patch changes code that was modified after the patch was created. These patches are considered stale, and will require a refresh of the changes before it can be applied, or the conflicts will need to be resolved. with the existing user profile data to be exported.

See #47509

Personal Data Exports now include a JSONJSON JSON, or JavaScript Object Notation, is a minimal, readable format for structuring data. It is used primarily to transmit data between a server and web application, as an alternative to XML. file and a Table of Contents

Along with including additional data in the Personal Data Exports the export zip will now contain a JSON file (#49029) of the data for better portability. This JSON file will contain all of the data present in the HTMLHTML HyperText Markup Language. The semantic scripting language primarily used for outputting content in web browsers. file with the exception of the table of contents.

The HTML export file has been updated to include a Table of Contents (#46894) for easier navigation of large data exports.

Visual Improvements to the Privacy Tools tables

In WordPress 5.4 the Privacy Tools tables have been updated to give progress indicators (#44264) for both the export and erasure processes. As well as switched the ‘Next Steps’ buttons to links (#49323) for a cleaner interface.

New filters for the headers of all Privacy-related emails

In WordPress 5.4 developers are now able to filter the email headers on privacy related emails. For example, this will enable developers to change the “From” email address. These headers and an example are listed below;

  • wp_privacy_personal_data_email_headers
  • user_request_action_email_headers
  • user_request_confirmed_email_headers
  • user_erasure_complete_email_headers
// Privacy filter for setting the From name/email on privacy emails.
function my_privacy_mail_headers( $headers, $subject, $content, $request_id, $email_data ) {
	$headers = array(
		'From: My Name <myname@example.com>',
	);
	return $headers;
}
add_filter( 'wp_privacy_personal_data_email_headers', 'my_privacy_mail_headers', 10, 5 );
add_filter( 'user_request_action_email_headers', 'my_privacy_mail_headers', 10, 5 );
add_filter( 'user_request_confirmed_email_headers', 'my_privacy_mail_headers', 10, 5 );
add_filter( 'user_erasure_complete_email_headers', 'my_privacy_mail_headers', 10, 5 );

See #44501

Renamed Function for Clarity

In WordPress 5.4 the wp_get_user_request_data function was renamed to wp_get_user_request for function clarity. This is due to the function returning the actual WP_User_Request object and not the data parameter which is part of the request object. The old function signature will now produce a _doing_it_wrong warning message.

See #46302

#5-4, #core-privacy, #dev-notes, #privacy

Core-Privacy office hours agenda for 18 December 2019

The #core-privacy team has been having some great discussions surrounding the Consent APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways. and Compliance Tab and will be continuing those discussions during our office hours.

Along with those discussions we would like to start planning for 5.4, so come and join us for a full office hours at our usual time this Wednesday, 18 November, at 1900 UTC in our Slack channel. All are welcome.

Our tentative agenda includes:

This will be our last office hours of 2019, Happy Holidays and see everyone tomorrow or in the next decade!!

P.S. I will be stepping down from leading these meetings in 2020 so if someone wants to take over leading meetings and writing notes come raise your hand.

#core-privacy, #privacy

Core-Privacy office hours agenda for 6 November 2019

The #core-privacy team had a great WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. US, with a brilliant talk from @riankinney on CCPA as well as a burst of effort on contributor dayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/..

To keep that momentum going, we would like to run a full office hours at our usual time this Wednesday, 6 November, at 1900 UTC in our Slack channel. All are welcome.

Our loose agenda includes:

#core-privacy

Summary of Core Privacy Office Hours, Sept. 25th 2019

Below is a summary of the discussion from this week’s CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. Privacy chat (agenda, Slack Transcript).

Agenda Item: 5.3 Bugs

The following tickets were flagged as bugs for 5.3 privacy component and focus;

  • #37782 – Duplicate Page Entry in View All Pages when generating a Menu
  • #43974 – Both personal data request processes should follow the same convention
  • #44038 – Change personal data export path stored in request metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. to relative paths
  • #44314user_confirmed_action_email_content filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Hooks. They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output. run on two different strings
  • #44669 – Privacy Notification doesn’t clear after dismissing notification_wp_privacy_send_erasure_fulfillment_notification.
  • #46829 – Denote the special pages in CustomizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings. Menu editor
  • #47366 – Privacy Policy page dropdown needs a max-width

#37782 is ready to commit if any committers can provide a final review.

Agenda Item: Privacy Data Request Form

Feature Plugin Proposal – https://make.wordpress.org/core/2019/09/04/feature-plugin-proposal-privacy-data-request-form/

We (@audrasjb & @garrett-eclipse) will be joining a future #meta chat to propose adding the pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party to the Feature plugins list.

Agenda Item: Consent and Logging Mechanism for User Privacy

Feature Plugin Discussion – https://make.wordpress.org/core/2019/08/07/feature-plugin-discussion-a-consent-and-logging-mechanism-for-user-privacy/

@idea15 mentioned there was some great comments on the thread many of which support the idea and proposal.

Next steps were discussed and @williampatton offered to review and start on the momentum for the work required.

@idea15 mentioned it would be nice to have the work ready to roll at least 60 days before the CCPA deadline believed to be on July 1st.

Agenda Item: WP User/Pro Survey

@idea15 flagged some earlier discussions on the survey with several questions put forth regarding user needs for privacy;
https://make.wordpress.org/updates/2019/06/28/updates-to-the-wordpress-user-developer-survey/

We also touched on that in the consent and logging proposal  https://make.wordpress.org/core/2019/08/07/feature-plugin-discussion-a-consent-and-logging-mechanism-for-user-privacy/#comment-36281 

The consensus was that like other teams, we need data on what users and contributors actually need from us – what their concerns are, what their business needs are, what resources they expect from us, what tools they need us to build.

In this week’s post on the survey (above), which links to the full set of questions https://docs.google.com/document/d/171KgbxvNukyuuHwLiY14yhqfbs7X5KBkw6hvbEcQZ9k/edit

There are no questions about user needs there, for us or for any other team.

It feels like all the feedback about what should go on the survey was ignored.

So, this is worrisome that the once-a-year opportunity to gain critical information to support our work is at risk of being lost.

So, let’s all take a day or two to review both posts and the draft script, with a goal to feedback with a team comment on Friday.

@idea15 started a gDoc (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZXfT-Mvvfxa-ZjD9cSQG9BKvtTAhXuZb0QS5lK47BGY/edit?usp=sharing) in order to collaborate on some suggested questions for privacy.


#core-privacy, #privacy

Privacy Office Hours Agenda: Wednesday September 25th, 2019

The following is the agenda for the privacy weekly office hours meeting. The meeting is held every Wednesday at 19:00 UTC in the #core-privacy room of the Making WordPress Slack.

  • Announcements / Housekeeping
  • Upcoming ReleaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software. (5.3) Planning
    Note: We have 7 bugs (5 in Privacy component and 2 in privacy focus) pending for 5.3, they will need to be committed or punted by the Release Candidaterelease candidate One of the final stages in the version release cycle, this version signals the potential to be a final release to the public. Also see alpha (beta). scheduled for Oct. 15th, 2019.
    • #37782 – Duplicate Page Entry in View All Pages when generating a Menu
    • #43974 – Both personal data request processes should follow the same convention
    • #44038 – Change personal data export path stored in request metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. to relative paths
    • #44314user_confirmed_action_email_content filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Hooks. They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output. run on two different strings
    • #44669 – Privacy Notification doesn’t clear after dismissing notification
    • #46829 – Denote the special pages in CustomizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings. Menu editor
    • #47366 – Privacy Policy page dropdown needs a max-width
  • Feature Plugin Proposal: Privacy Data Request Form
  • Feature Plugin Discussion: Consent and Logging Mechanism for User Privacy
  • Discussion / Open Floor

If you have anything to propose for the agenda or specific items related to those listed above, please leave a comment below.

#core-privacy, #privacy

Summary of Core Privacy Office Hours, Sept. 18th 2019

Below is a summary of the discussion from this week’s CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. Privacy chat (agenda, Slack Transcript).

Agenda Item: 5.3 Enhancements

The following tickets were flagged as enhancements for 5.3 privacy component;

  • #43890 – Allow Adminadmin (and super admin) to Skip e-mail confirmation for Export/Anonymization.
  • #44133 – Should the Data Export indicate when we have no information on the user.
  • #44135 – Have Erasure button workflow follow Export button workflow replacing with static link.
  • #44588 – Denote the Copy action is complete by updating the Copy button to state ‘Copied’.
  • #46303 – Update wp_privacy_send_personal_data_export_email to provide the same filters as _wp_privacy_send_erasure_fulfillment_notification.
  • #46895 – Personal Data Export Report: A way to display the group count.

#44133, #44135, #46303 and #46895 are all nearing completion but will need another set of eyes and review/testing before they can be marked commit.

#43890 and #44588 will need some work either a refresh or initial patchpatch A special text file that describes changes to code, by identifying the files and lines which are added, removed, and altered. It may also be referred to as a diff. A patch can be applied to a codebase for testing..
#43890 needs discussion but @garrett-eclipse is leaning towards the use of checkboxes instead of dropdown.
#44588 has site health example to follow and just needs coding.

@pputzer graciously offered to review some of these tickets.

Agenda Item: Privacy Data Request Form

Feature Plugin Proposal – https://make.wordpress.org/core/2019/09/04/feature-plugin-proposal-privacy-data-request-form/

Not much feedback has been received yet so will let it gestate a little more. Initial feedback is pointing towards pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party territory over a core merge.

@audrasjb indicated it would be nice to test as a featured plugin so will determine how that can be accomplished.

Agenda Item: Consent and Logging Mechanism for User Privacy

Feature Plugin Discussion – https://make.wordpress.org/core/2019/08/07/feature-plugin-discussion-a-consent-and-logging-mechanism-for-user-privacy/

@garrett-eclipse asked if the effort needs to be setup like the WP-Notify #feature-notifications team and meetings.

Neither @idea15 nor @garrett-eclipse have capacity currently to spearhead the effort so decided to collect names of interested parties to create a working group. If anyone is interested in working on the consent/logging mechanism please feel free to comment on this thread or reach out in #core-privacy on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/..

#privacy