How to Add a Privacy Policy in your WordPress Website?

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How to Add a Privacy Policy in your WordPress Website

Do you want to add a Privacy Policy in your WordPress Website?

The Privacy policy is a statement contained in a website that details how the operator of the site will collect, store, protect, and utilize personal data provided by its users. The personal data may include name, address(email or physical), IP address, telephone number, date of births, and financial information such as debit card and credit card. 

Many of the websites make visitors indicate that they have read the privacy policy when the information is provided. As the nature of the internet means, privacy policies are developed on a website for efficient and smooth operation in the activities performed. 

What to Include in the Privacy Policy?

Many of us might have the thoughts that what should be included in the privacy policy on the website. Summing up the necessary aspects, here we have listed the most important information you should have in the privacy policy of the site. 

  • The exact information that will be collected from website users, which may include names, physical or e-mail addresses, IP addresses, and telephone numbers, and location tracking.
  • If cookies are being used on the site, how to opt-out of them, and what effect this might have on the user’s experience.
  • How the information will be collected, and by whom, for example, if it is being collected by an advertising program.
  • In what way the information will be used, including if it will be shared with third parties.
  • How the information is protected from misuse or unauthorized access.
  • How to opt-out of data sharing, along with the potential consequences of doing so.

Now that we know what to include in the privacy policy, let’s add one in our WordPress website too. Let’s Start:

WordPress makes it easy and simple for users to generate a privacy policy page on your site. It gives you a generic privacy policy template to use and instructions on how to add content to it. 

  • Login to your WordPress website or Click on Dashboard
  • Click on Settings>>Privacy

As you can see, WordPress has already created a Privacy Policy page draft on your site.

  • Simply click on the ‘Use This Page’ button to save this page as your privacy policy. 

In the other way, you can also click on the ‘Create New Page’ button to generate/create a new privacy policy page. When you click on this button, WordPress will automatically create a new page and open it for you in order to make changes. 

If you select the default draft, then you need to the ‘Edit’ link to make changes in the pages and publish it. 

When you open the privacy policy page for the editing, you can see the notification on top with its link to the default WordPress Privacy Policy page guide. 

The guide has instructions and guides on how one can edit and change each section.

  • Simply go back to the editing page of the privacy policy after viewing all the guides and make changes accordingly. 

You will notice that the page has various sections a WordPress website may collect personal information. For example comments, login cookies, embeds, and more.

You will also notice that different sections have no information/descriptions below them just like in the Contact Forms. 

For the Contact Form, simply describe the information you collect and what it is used for. 

The users must be very careful while creating a Privacy Policy page. After reviewing your page, 

  • Select the ‘Publish’ button to save the changes. 

Adding Link to Privacy Policy Page

After you create/add a privacy policy page, you can display it on your site. Many of the websites display the privacy policy link on the footer area. Adding it on the footer area makes the link appear on every page but not on the navigation menu. 

In order to add the link on the footer menu, you need to create a menu first. For that, 

  • Go to Appearance>>Menu
  • Click on ‘Create New Menu’ link on the top. 
  • Provide a name to your navigation menu. 
  • Select the page from the left column and click on ‘Add to Menu’ button. 
  • Rearrange the menu in the order you like. 
  • Save the menu. 

Once you have created the menu, it’s now time to add the menu on the footer area to display the privacy policy page link. In order to do so, 

  • Click on Appearance>>Widget
  • Add a Navigation menu to your Footer Widget area by selecting the menu you recently created. 
  • Save the changes. 

Now, when you visit your website, you can see the privacy policy link in the footer area of your website. 

In this way, you can simply Add a Privacy Policy in your WordPress Website. Easy, Simple and Quick

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