Support » Plugin: MailerLite - WooCommerce integration » Be very careful if you are selling in the EU

  • Be very careful when setting up this plugin and DO NOT just go with the default settings.

    The default settings for this plugin, when a subscribe form is used on the checkout page, are as follows:

    • subscribe checkbox checked by default
    • subscribe checkbox hidden
    • no double opt in

    Taken together this means that everyone who checks out will be subscribed to your list without their knowledge.

    In our case we installed the plugin, connected it, selected a list but had no reason to believe that, without further action, this was enough to put a hidden checkbox on the checkout page. We were in the process of evaluating the product in other ways before making it a decision on using it. It is only when almost 160 sbscribers were suddenly added to an empty list from … nowhere? … that we realised what had happened.

    This was a major concern as subscribing people this way is illegal under Regulation 13 of the ePrivacy Regulations (SI 336/2011). It is also a significant GDPR issue.

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  • Plugin Author mailerlite


    Hi Dochara,

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We updated the plugin to not have those settings enabled by default.



    Thread Starter dochara


    Thank you for your quick response. It’s a pity it took a post in a public forum for you to take action.

    • This reply was modified 6 months ago by dochara.
    • This reply was modified 6 months ago by dochara.


    Are you kidding? You think the default setting should be law conform in your country?

    It is not the responsibility of the plugin developers to make the default setting law conform for you. The plugin is for people all over the world.

    It is your responsibility to know the laws in your country and choose the right setting.

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