Nowadays, people are connected at all times, so naturally, they are constantly sharing personal information online. In some cases, people love to share information – photos on Instagram, locations on Facebook, so on and so forth – however, in other cases they are highly protective.
As a matter of fact, a recent AnchorFree survey revealed that a staggering 95% of consumers in the United States are concerned about companies and online businesses collecting their personal data without permission.
Although people are concerned about their information, there’s one thing everyone needs to understand – every website collects data about its visitors in one way or another.
In most countries, therefore, websites are required by law to disclose what data they are collecting and how are they using that data.
Here are just a few ways most WordPress sites collect data on their visitors:
- They collect names and emails in comment forms
- They also collect additional data when a user registers on that site
- Most sites use data for Google Analytics tracking
- Facebook plugins and like button cookies also collect certain data
You have to notify your users about the data your site will collect. This will protect you from any possible legal issues, and of course, help you build more trust with your visitors.
What Should You Include in Your Policy?
- Data you’re about to collect about the visitors of your site
- The methods you’ll be using to collect user-data, such as sign up, registrations, cookies
- Mention 3rd-party organizations that will have access to their information, like Google AdSense
- Tell your visitors how they can block your cookies and how to opt-out 3rd-party advertisements
Adam Ferraresi (@adamferraresi) is a successful web developer from Dallas, Texas. He is twenty five years old, and when he isn’t working on some interesting new article, he enjoys listening to music and watching old movies.