User privacy, especially when it relates to personal data, has been a hot topic for a while now. Any website or business owner who has their customers’ best interests at heart should be actively looking to ensure transparency, regardless of the type of information they’re collecting.
We’ll be the first to admit that, much like the dreaded Terms of Service, privacy policies often go unread. However, they’re still vital for setting in stone how you collect and process data. In fact, they’ve become something of a necessity, now that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has implemented new rules regarding user data and privacy.
- What data that element collects
- How the data is processed
- Where the data is stored
You’ll come to a screen outlining some pertinent requirements, along with a drop-down list of all your site’s pages:
You’ll also notice a link near the top of the screen. This resource provides incredibly helpful advice on how to fill out each section, along with whether or not you’ll need to actually display it to visitors:
We’d recommend opening this guide in a new tab, and working through each section on the page one by one. Of course, if you have a legal team well-versed in privacy law on hand, you’ll want to consult it as well.
If you don’t want to use WordPress’ standard policy for whatever reason, there are plenty of other resources available to help you build your own policy. For example, you can:
- Pay for a premium solution. Iubenda is an excellent example, providing a full-featured, comprehensive solution for creating privacy policies, cookie notices, and so on.
To use the latter method, head to Appearance > Menus in your WordPress dashboard. You can either use an existing menu, or create a new one. Your site’s footer will usually be an ideal location to place the link.
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