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Cookies and GDPR

Hello there,

I'm developing a (private) membership site with a forum. Asgaros looks great, so I decided to use that plugin.
I want the site to be as GDPR compliant as possible. For that matter I don't want to place any cookies at all.

But it seems that there where two cookies placed:

  • asgarosforum_unique_id
  • asgarosforum_unread_cleared

I couldn't find anything about those cookies in the documentation. Or dindn't I look good enough?
Is there a way to avoid placement of those cookies?

With compliments,
Simon

These cookies basicly show if and wich forum is read yet. I'm not sure if it is in the docs, but to be acompiant with the GDPR, you can just place a bar wich tells people they agree to use cookies while using the site.

Hello @szt

Yes, mahoney is right. Those cookies are used so the forum can mark topics/forums as read when users browsing through your forums. The unique_id-cookie is used for guests so they dont appear twice in the who-is-online-list.

In all of the mentioned cookies no personal information (like IP-adresses, etc) are stored and processed on the server/database so its absolute not possible to identify specific users with it.

If you disable the who is online?-functionality you can get rid of the asgarosforum_unique_id-cookie.

If you want to support the development of Asgaros Forum, you can leave a good review or donate. Thank you very much!

And what about the other cookie (the 'unread_cleared' one)? I'd rather have no cookies at all...

Without that cookie it would be not possible anymore for users to see which topics/posts are new and which ones they already have visited.

If you dont want to use this feature you can have a look into the following file:

wp-content/plugins/asgaros-forum/includes/forum-unread.php

Find this code:

public static function markTopicRead() {
    self::$excludedItems[self::$asgarosforum->current_topic] = intval(self::$asgarosforum->get_lastpost_in_topic(self::$asgarosforum->current_topic)->id);

    if (self::$userID) {
        update_user_meta(self::$userID, 'asgarosforum_unread_exclude', self::$excludedItems);
    } else {
        setcookie('asgarosforum_unread_exclude', maybe_serialize(self::$excludedItems), 2147483647);
    }
}

And replace it with this:

public static function markTopicRead() {
    self::$excludedItems[self::$asgarosforum->current_topic] = intval(self::$asgarosforum->get_lastpost_in_topic(self::$asgarosforum->current_topic)->id);

    if (self::$userID) {
        update_user_meta(self::$userID, 'asgarosforum_unread_exclude', self::$excludedItems);
    }
}

 

If you want to support the development of Asgaros Forum, you can leave a good review or donate. Thank you very much!