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Genesis Developer Docs

Genesis Privacy

Developers and site owners can use Genesis without negatively affecting user privacy. Genesis makes use of WordPress personal data export and deletion features to help site owners remove or provide personal data in response to a privacy request.

Genesis user data

Genesis may store personally identifying information about users if they provide personal data in their user profiles. This data is stored in the WordPress database with other user profile information that users provide. It is not sent or stored additionally elsewhere.

Genesis refers to this user profile data as:

These settings can be found on the user profile edit screen in the WordPress admin area.

If a user does not provide personally identifying data, Genesis does not store anything that is personally identifying about that user.

Genesis also offers the option to email someone when a new version of Genesis is available. This option allows an email address to be stored, which appears in the theme settings page under Genesis → Theme Settings and in the Customizer at Theme Settings → Updates. This email will be deleted if it matches the address of a user who has requested their data to be removed.

WordPress privacy tools

Requires Genesis 2.7.0+ and WordPress 4.9.6+

WordPress offers privacy tools for site owners, accessible from the Tools menu in the WordPress admin area:

When someone uses these tools, Genesis informs WordPress of the data mentioned above so that WordPress can include it when processing the privacy request.

For example, here is the output of an Erase Personal Data action, showing that user-provided data relating to Genesis features was successfully erased upon request:

Screenshot of a data removal request showing that information submitted by a user and stored in fields specific to Genesis features has been successfully removed.

Genesis update requests

Genesis checks for new versions by sending a request to the Genesis update server if update checks are enabled.

You can optionally disable update checks by deselecting “Check For Updates” at Customize → Theme Settings → Updates. You would then have to update Genesis manually when a new version is available.

Genesis sends the following site information to the update server. No personal information is sent.

Data sent is subject to the StudioPress Privacy Policy, where more information about StudioPress data practices can be found.