[Online] Cookies and Fonts: Cookie consent and self hosting your fonts

Date: Monday – March 7, 2022
Time: 6 PM – 8 PM

During the month of February, there was a series of news articles regarding a legal case of the EU’s (European Union) GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) policy.

A Munich Germany court fined a website owner for exposing a user’s IP address (“Internet Protocol” a unique address that identifies a device on the internet) by accessing Google fonts via the Google Fonts API (Application Programming Interface).

Here’s an article from WP Tavern about the case and solutions.

Mary Ann Aschenbrenner and Doug Rider will talk about Cookie Consent plugins and how to self host your fonts to remove Google Fonts API so Google doesn’t reveal your user’s IP address.

Mary Ann Aschenbrenner started building WordPress websites in 2012 and never stopped. In 2014 she founded Waterlink Web and builds sites for businesses across the country. She is one of the organizers for PDX WordPress MeetUp and a regular contributor to our MeetUps.

Doug Rider has been building and hosting WordPress websites for nine years. He’s a co-organizer and contributor to the PDX Monthly Meetups.


Note: This will not be at our usual location, it will be an online event using Zoom. If you don’t already have an account, you can sign up for free at https://zoom.us. You can download the desktop software, use a browser extension, or download the mobile app. If you haven’t used Zoom before, please get set up and familiar with it in advance. We recommend you upgrade to the latest version. If you’re using the desktop software, you may need to check for upgrades manually.

For added security, the Zoom link will not be public. You must RSVP to see it.

Along the bottom of the Zoom window, there are buttons to mute/unmute yourself, enable/disable your video, and access the Participants, Chat, and Reactions panels.

For security and to prevent interruptions, everyone else will be prevented from screen sharing during the meetup. Your audio and video should be off by default when you join the call, but you may want to double-check when you join. You can unmute yourself and turn on your video, but please note that you may be included in the recording. If you unmute yourself, please only do so temporarily, while you’re asking your question. This helps reduce background noise in the recording.

If you have a question, please click the button to “raise your hand”. Depending on your version of Zoom, this will be located in either the Reactions panel or the Participants panel. Our presenter will take breaks to answer questions, and our moderator will call on whoever has their hand raised. You can unmute yourself while you ask your question, and then mute yourself and lower your hand after you’re done.

You can use the Chat panel to introduce yourself and converse with others, but if you have a question for the presenter, remember to “raise your hand”. We won’t be monitoring the chat as frequently, so questions there may be overlooked.

We’ll record the presentation and link to the video in the comments once it’s been processed.

If time permits, we’ll open up the conversation after the presentation. We encourage people to converse in our Portland Slack group for general WordPress discussion at any time. You can join here