WordPress 4.9.6 has been released. There are a few things in this update, the main focus is GDPR (The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation) which takes effect on May 25. The GDPR requires companies and site owners to be transparent about how they collect, use, and share personal data. It also gives individuals more access and choice when it comes to how their own personal data is collected, used, and shared.
I’m in the US, Chile, Brazil, … why do I care? While the GDPR is a European regulation, its requirements apply to all sites and online businesses that collect, store, and process personal data about EU residents no matter where the business is located.
For more information see the European Commission’s Data Protection site.
So yes, you should update.