How to Add a Privacy Policy Page in WordPress

How to Add a Privacy Policy Page in WordPress

Do you want to add a privacy policy in WordPress? If yes this post will show you how. The privacy policy page is a document required by law. It discloses the type of information you collect from visitors through your website. Whether you are a freelancer, business owner or blogger it is recommended that you have a privacy policy page. Most website owners don’t know how to add legitimate privacy policy. In this post we shall be looking at the steps you need to take to add this essential page. 

What is a privacy policy?

Any website that collects information from its visitors needs a privacy policy page. This is because it is required by law in many countries to disclose the information you will be collecting on your website and how you will be using it. A typical website collects the following information from users:

  • Name and email address
  • Comment form cookie
  • Information collected after registering on a website
  • Google analytics tracking
  • Facebook page plugin and other social media platform widgets that track users
  • Advertising programs such as Google AdSense that track users

If you collect information in any way on your website then you must add a privacy policy in WordPress. The page is important because it will protect you from legal issues. The best thing is that the process is not as complicated. All you need is to add a privacy policy that complies with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

What to include in the privacy policy

The basic requirement is to list the different ways you will be collecting information on your website. A simple privacy policy will include the following:

  • Information collected about users that visit the website
  • Methods used to collect the information. This could be sign up, comment forms, cookies and so on.
  • Mention third-party advertisers that collect information from your website such as Google AdSense.
  • Include links to privacy policy page of every advertising program you are participating in.
  • Detail how users can block cookies and how they can opt-out of third party advertisements
  • Your contact information

The details you include will depend on your type of website and the information you intend on collecting. There is a basic privacy policy generator on WordPress. You can also use WPBeginner’s privacy policy page.

Adding the privacy policy page in WordPress

After logging in to your admin area you need to go to Settings>>Privacy page. You will find a basic privacy policy page draft here. You can click on ‘Use this draft’ button to save the page or add your own by clicking on the ‘Edit’ link. Paste your privacy policy in the text editor and save once done. You are done.

Add a privacy policy in WordPress