Legal documents are a tedious yet vital part of running a website, blog, or eCommerce store. Please don’t ignore them. Adding privacy policies to WordPress websites is a one-off job. The only time you may need to redo it is if there are future changes to the said policy.
Why Privacy Policies Matter
Privacy rules do vary from country to country. The US has a patchwork of state and federal laws. Some of those include the 1914 Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC). The purpose of the FTC is to regulate unfair or deceptive commercial practices. Europe currently has the best-developed privacy laws of all. Many countries outside the EU have European privacy rules at their core.
Websites hosted in—or that operate within—the EU must comply with the General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR. This compliance is all about the protection of online privacy and transparency. Visitors have a legal right to know what data a website collects and how it’s used. They should also know how to delete that data if they so wish.
What Privacy Policies Cover
The wording varies between policies, but typically covers all or some of the following:
- Name of the site owner and email contact (some countries only)
- Name of active data-collecting apps
- Full disclosure of third-party data access
- How the site collects and uses data, including cookie information
- Notification process if or when there are policy changes and or updates
Next, select Settings, then Privacy from the extended menu:
Or, click the Create New Page button to open a draft template:
The draft template looks something like the example below:
Here’s how the format editor looks for each of the sections:
From your Dashboard side menu, go to Appearance, then select Widgets:
Widget screens may look a little different depending on the theme, but the principle is the same. The one used to illustrate here is the Twenty Twenty Version: 1.4.
In this example, we’re going to drag the Navigation Menu from the Available Widgets (left), and drop it into the website’s Footer #1 (right):
You can position the Navigation Menu wherever you want it in the footer #1 section. For this example, we’ll place it at the bottom, directly under Meta.
Our Navigation Menu is new, so it doesn’t have any menus yet. Click the Create Some link.
Now go back to the Widgets screen.
Now click Welcome then Visit Site from the Dashboard menu on the top left of the screen.
I’m not a legal expert and nor do I claim to be. The advice here about online privacy policies is for general information purposes only. Consult an expert if you have doubts or concerns related to the legalities of privacy policies, terms of service, and or other formal-type disclaimers.