How to add a privacy policy in wordpress – 2020

Kadirul islam

On May 3, 2020

Lately, it seems like all the talk online has been about privacy policy, consent for data tracking, and related topics. The introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has a lot to do with that.

Among other things, it left many website owners wondering: “How can I add a WordPress privacy policy to my site?

A privacy policy has always been useful, but it’s now a requirement for most sites. You want to be very clear about what data you collect from your visitors, along with how it store and use.

Fortunately, putting together this type of policy is now easier than it’s ever been, thanks to a handy new WordPress feature.

In this post, I’ll briefly discuss why you need a WordPress privacy policy for your website. Then we’ll walk you through how to create one.So, Let’s jump right in!

01. Why your site needs a privacy policy

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect not long ago and made some changes that affect just about every website owner. If any of your site’s visitors are from the EU, you’ll need to be sure you comply with the GDPR’s rules.

We’ve described how the GDPR works at length elsewhere, so we won’t repeat ourselves here. Suffice it to say that this regulation introduces new rules regarding privacy and transparency online.

All your website’s visitors now have the right to know what data you’re collecting about them and how it use, and even to have their information deleted.

There are a number of ways you can make your site GDPR-compliant. However, perhaps the most important step is putting together a clear WordPress privacy policy: This is how you’ll inform visitors about all the key information they need to know.

While it may take a little effort on your part to get your policy just right, the basic steps involved aren’t difficult.

02. What to include in your privacy policy

While this isn’t an exhaustive list, here are some of the points you’ll need to make sure are covered in your WordPress privacy policy:

  • What kind of data your site collects from visitors (names, email addresses, payment details, etc).
  • What features or elements of your site gather data (such as contact and opt-in forms, social media buttons, and comments sections).
  • Why you collect this data and what the data is used for in a general sense.
  • How the data is stored (and for how long it stored).
  • Who the data is shared with, such as external parties like cloud storage services and payment processors.
  • How you protect the data, including what procedures are in place to keep it safe and to respond quickly in the event of a breach.
  • What rights visitors have over their data. This should including the right to know all of the above, to ask for a copy of their data, and request to delete it at any time.

This may seem like a lot, but it’s best to be comprehensive. While it’s true that most people aren’t likely to read through the whole thing, you’ll want to be able to prove (if needed) that you’ve made all this information available and easily accessible.

Finally, don’t make the mistake of leaving something out of your privacy policy because it seems obvious. Even if it would be hard for a visitor to mistake that your email opt-in form collects names and emails, you still need to clarify the facts in a permanent format.

03. How to add a privacy policy page in WordPress website

Creating a privacy policy page is very easy, you can create a fresh new page and start writing your privacy policy or you can create it with the help of WordPress. 

The latest versions of WordPress offer a feature to designate a privacy policy page for your WordPress website. It provides you a basic template of the privacy policy to use. You can edit it as per your requirement.

You can easily do this in few steps:

04. Create a new page for your privacy policy

In the recent version of WordPress, you need to go to the Setting>> Privacy, where you see that page something like this:

Now either you can choose the draft page of the privacy policy by click on Use this Page button which is created for you or to generate a new Page clicks on the Create New Page button.If select Use this Page option, WordPress will automatically create a new page and by click on the edit option, you can easily update the existing page.

That’s it! You have successfully added your privacy policy page on your website.

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