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How to Add a Privacy Policy Page in WordPress

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.

This leads us to an important question – how can you ensure your website visitors their data is safe with you? The answer is simple, you just need to add a Privacy Policy to your site. After all, you’re required by law to disclose the data collected about your visitors.

What actually is a Privacy Policy?

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?

Now is the time to make your Privacy Policy – so what should you include in it? The basics are more than simple: you just need to list all of the ways you’ll collect user data on your site. For example, most Privacy Policies include the following:

  • 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

If you don’t have the time or patience to create your own Privacy Policy, you have sites like Privacy Policy Generator and TermsFeed that allow you to generate text for your Policy or your Terms of Service page for free.

With that out of the way, let’s finally see how to manually create a Privacy Policy page in your WordPress dashboard.

How to Add a Privacy Policy Page

After entering your dashboard, go to Pages and click on the Add New button in order to create your Privacy Policy page. And while pointing this out may sound silly, we should remind you to name the page “Privacy Policy.” This will instantly notify your visitors what this page is all about.

After that, visit one of the two sites we mentioned above and generate a Privacy Policy text. Copy and paste it on the page. Another option is to use a plug-in to generate the text. Simply download and install the Auto Terms of Service and Privacy Policy plug-in if you want to generate the text that way.

However, this doesn’t mean you’re completely finished with this task. If you want to clearly display your Privacy policy page, you can add to your menu. You need to click on Appearance and find the Menus category in the drop menu.

Once you enter the Menus, you’ll see the menu structure on the right side of the screen. On the left, you have additional pages you can add to your menu. Select Privacy policy and then click on the Add to Menu button. When you do that, you’ll be able to see the Privacy Policy page in the Menu Structure.

And with that, you’re all finished. You now have a prominent Privacy Policy page for all of your members to see as soon as they start exploring your website. That wasn’t so hard, wasn’t it?

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, this article will help learn how to add a Privacy Policy in minutes and make the whole process a lot faster and easier. When it’s all said and done, creating a Privacy Policy page isn’t all that complicated. So make sure to take a few minutes and design one, because your site definitely needs it.

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