Essentially, every user on your site will have their data collected. As such, having a dedicated policy in place is not only vital, it’s a legal requirement.
- Website cookies.
- Forms and other sources of user input.
- Payment transactions.
The Key Privacy Laws You’ll Need to Account For
- General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This is the European Union’s take on protecting user data, and has been a ‘hot topic’ over the past couple of years.
- California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). This applies to any business that serves customers in California, and also satisfies certain requirements.
- Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados Pessoais (LGPD). Consider this as Brazil’s equivalent to the GDPR. It covers both online and offline data protection.
From there, more privacy laws have been passed:
- Who the site or app owner is.
- What data is being collected, why it’s being used, and how. Also, you’ll want to note who can access collected data.
- What the ‘legal basis’ is for collection. For example, does the user need to consent or is it a legal requirement?
- What rights the user has to access and delete their data.
- How safe and compliant cross-border or overseas data transfers are.
Your final steps are to expand the menu item and change the navigation label if necessary, then click Save Menu: As for the blank sections, your goal is to fill them out with the information your users need to know. The exact wording is beyond the scope of this article, although every site includes a dedicated guide to help you complete each section:
Here, copy the code to your clipboard, and head back into WordPress. To keep things simple, go to Appearance > Widgets, choose the Custom HTML widget, paste in your code, and save your changes:
- Create a new policy page.
Regardless, for each element you’ll need to select the exact data you collect before saving your changes. When you’re finished, click the Save and close button.
To start, click Pages > Add New from within WordPress. Inside the new draft, head to the Options menu on the right-hand side of the screen, and click Code editor: There’s even suggested wording to use if you’re stuck:
More recent versions of WordPress include a built-in privacy page. It’s a part-complete template, and is accessed through the WordPress dashboard.
Privacy is one the many ‘hot topics’ concerning the relationship between a business and user. This is because the user data collected could wreak havoc in the wrong hands, and runs the risk of eroding your customer’s trust.
Let’s run down the three options you’ll come across:
Step 1. Choose a Suitable Tool and Create Your Policy
As for which tool to choose, for the average random user, iubenda pushes ahead of Termageddon. Here’s why:
Step 1. Choose a Solution
- It’s available in more countries (Termageddon is only available in the US, UK, and Canada).
- iubenda is cheaper at $29 per year compared to Termageddon’s $99 per year subscription.
- There’s a stellar set of support documentation and knowledge base articles on iubenda’s site.
Without further ado, let’s run through your options.
A simple way to understand this is the classic, “Who, What, Why, and How?” approach. You’ll want to consider the following: This information could come from a number of sources:
Step 3. Embed It Into Your Site
To do this, head to Appearance > Menus within WordPress. Here, either select your existing footer menu, or click the Create a new menu link:
You’ll notice some sections are complete, while others simply have a heading. It’s a good idea to check the complete sections for accuracy before publishing the page. However, over the past few years, there has been a drive from governments across the globe to better secure user privacy on the web. Originally, directives such as the so-called ‘Cookie Law’ gave users a way to accept or deny the use of ‘site cookies’ – small preference files saved on your computer.