An introduction to Privacy Policies
Whilst the template which WordPress is good enough to cover the absolute basics, I would highly recommend you not just leaving it with the bare minimum. You need to consider how you are exposing your reader’s privacy and ensure they are able to access this information.
And at this point, I know what you’re thinking. No one reads Privacy Policies!
But I’m not collecting data!
I promise you, you are.
If you have an online course that people are enrolling to, then you’re collecting their data.
Also, think about the Plugins which you’ve either already installed, or came automatically installed with your host. If you have anything like JetPack, Google AdSense, Google Analytics etc, you’re collecting data. Even if it’s just information about the location of the individual, it’s data collection, which means that your visitors have the right to know where and what their data is being used for.
Got a mailing list?
No! Copying and pasting from another site is plagiarism!
Sure, look at other people’s Policies for ideas, but remember that their Policies have been specifically written for their website and might not be relevant to yours, or your readers.
This is completely up to you.
If you look on Google, the search results are awash with people stating that they are professional lawyers and that they will provide you with all of the policies you need for a certain price.
Before you purchase anything, I would recommend researching the individual’s credentials. Are they a professional lawyer? Or did they take an online course and now think they know everything there is to know about Data Protection?
Also, check out reviews of others who have purchased their templates. Again, I would go through Google rather than the individual’s website where reviews may be biased.
Personally, I’m not a fan of pre-made templates. I personally find that, regardless of who writes the templates, the information which you need to include is all available on the internet for free, if you’re willing to invest the time. And if you do invest the time, then you’ll have learned new skills and knowledge, plus actually know what is in your website’s Policies!
If you do choose to purchase templates, I can say that I have personally used the courses and templates from Blogging for New Bloggers. They have a range of courses and templates available. Select one of the icons below to be taken to their website and see what is available!
I’m glad you asked that question!
Privacy Policies need to be placed somewhere obvious. You can’t hide them away in a site map and hope that someone will find them when needed.
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