Shack Forms Pro Now Has GDPR Control Options

Shack Forms is one of the two or three most popular Joomla forms extensions. But we're always trying to make Shack Forms better.

Several customers asked us to allow more control over the user data collected by Shack Forms so they can comply with Europe's new GDPR laws (click here to read about Joomla and the GDPR).

Starting from Shack Forms 4.0.10, you will now see extra privacy features. 


New Privacy feature #1. The Options button

  • Go to Components > Shack Forms Pro.
  • Click the Options button in the top right corner.

The Options button

Under the Component tab, you will see the GDPR Data option with Enabled and Disabled choices:

  • When set to Enabled, your site will store user data sent via Shack Forms.
  • When set to Disabled, your site will not store any user data sent via Shack Forms.

the gdpr data parameter

You will find a brief description of the GDPR Data feature if you point your mouse to the GDPR Data label:

the gdpr data feature description

If you do choose to collect user data, the users' email address, IP address and browser version will be stored:

list of messages

You will see this data on the main Shack Forms screen and also when you open an individual message:

user meta data

To comply with data privacy regulations, you must be able to delete users' data if they ask you to. That's where the next two new Shack Forms features come into play. 


New Privacy feature #2. The Clear GDPR button 

The next new feature in Shack Forms is the Clear GDPR button.

You now can clear users' private data stored with your Shack Forms Pro messages on a per message basis.

  1. Select the required message from the main Shack Forms screen.
  2. Click the Clear GDPR button.
  3. Click OK.

clear gdpr per message

If you check your list of Shack Forms messages, you will notice that the user's private data has been deleted:

user data cleared on the list screen

If you open the message itself, you will see that the user private data has been deleted there also:

user data cleared from the message


New Privacy feature #3. The Clear All GDPR button

Another new feature in Shack Forms Pro is the Clear All GDPR button. 

You now also have an option to delete private data for all your Shack Forms messages.

  • Click Clear All GDPR.

clear all gdpr

  • You will be prompted to confirm your choice. Click OK.

click ok

Shack Forms Pro will display a message, telling you that GDPR data has been cleared from [number of your messages] messages.

gdpr data cleared


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About the author

Born from a Ukrainian mother and Russian father, Alex lives in the United Kingdom. Alex is a self-taught Microsoft Certified Professional. He enjoys learning Joomla and helping web site administrators make the most of it.