Major Gems In Moodle 3.4.2, 3.3.5 Minor Releases

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Major Gems In Moodle 3.4.2, 3.3.5 Minor Releases

Critical updates that will help Moodle sites ensure compatibility with Europe’s GDPR, and similar security upgrades, are just some of the highlights of Moodle 3.4.2 and Moodle 3.3.5. The announcement was first made by Moodle HQ Open Source Development Coordinator Sander Bangma on the Moodle Forum, and summarized on the Moodle Blog.

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The top headline of the release coincides with that of several tech outlets. It is related to the enforcement of GDRP, the new body of compliance to which software companies operating in Europe will be subject starting in May. To help sites ensure compliance, Moodle has produced two plugins, Data Privacy and Policies. These plugin take advantage of a new “Privacy API” which handles the location and usage of personal information across the Moodle site, as well as user consent. These plugins require the Privacy API, therefore this minor update is needed for them to work.

Also concerning site security, Moodle has extended the compatibility of reCAPTCHA, Google’s omnipresent solution to prevent automated access to sites and its many nefarious consequences: spam, data breaches, impersonation, and general abuse. Google has released reCAPTCHA v2 and announced the decommission of v1 by March 31.

The update is topped with security fixes for 3.2.8, the last for Moodle 3.2, and 3.1.11. Moodle 3.1 is a Long Term Support edition of Moodle that will get security updates until April 2019.

Download the latest Moodle at download.moodle.org/releases/latest.

Read “Moodle minor release is here, with some features you’d want to know about!” at moodle.com.