You may also collect personal information based on visitor activity. For example, websites that utilize Google Analytics are collecting IP addresses and sharing that data with analytics providers.
GDPR is a regulation that requires businesses to protect the personal data and privacy of EU citizens for transactions that occur within EU member states. And non-compliance could cost companies dearly. Here’s what every company that does business in Europe needs to know about GDPR.
If you’re found guilty of violating the GDPR, you could be fined up to €20 million. This comprehensive guide can help you determine whether this important privacy law applies to you.
By clearly defining what data you collect and how you use it, you can present your website as trustworthy. This can help you build a positive relationship with your audience. It can also distinguish you from your competitors, who may not be quite so forthcoming.
Some common requirements include providing:
- Your name and contact information
- What Personally Identifiable Information (PII) you collect
- Whether you share PII, and the categories of third parties that you share data with
- How your website responds to Do Not Track signals
- Whether you sell the PII that you collect
- The privacy rights provided to users and how they can exercise them
- How consumers can make complaints about your privacy practices to authorities
- The legal basis for processing PII
- How long you store PII
- Whether you will use PII you collect for direct marketing purposes and what consumer rights are applicable
- If you will use PII for automated decision-making and profiling
- Whether you plan to transfer PII to other countries
- Your Data Protection Officer’s contact information (where applicable)
- How you protect the PII that you collect
- Links to your policies, procedures, standards, and codes
- Use of analytics programs, cookies, and other tracking technologies
By default, WordPress’ template provides the following sections:
- Who we are
- What personal data we collect and why we collect it
- Who we share your data with
- How long we retain your data
- What rights you have over your data
- Where we send your data
- Contact information
- Additional information
These sections may require you to edit them to provide more details. For example, what personal data we collect already specifies how your site collects information via several popular methods and elements such as comments, contact forms, cookies, and analytics.
Also, your static policy won’t automatically update to reflect any future changes in the law. In the United States, more states are passing their own privacy bills. To protect your site against legal repercussions, it’s important to monitor these changes and update your policies accordingly. This can consume a lot of your time.
After you generate your policy and embed its code in your website, Termageddon will monitor privacy laws for changes. It will push relevant updates to your policy when needed.
Once you’ve purchased your Termageddon license, you’ll then need to answer some general questions about your website, business, and privacy practices. This includes the location where you’d like to resolve any legal disputes that arise:
If you’re unsure about any of the questions in the questionnaire, then check out Termageddon’s Policy Questions for more guidance.
You can use the Block Editor to add a Custom HTML block and copy and paste the Termageddon embed code into it:
Alternatively, by opting for a dedicated solution such as Termageddon, you can generate a policy that provides the specific disclosures required by the laws that apply to your site. You’ll also receive updates whenever these laws change or new ones come into effect. The service is premium, and pricing starts at $10 per month or $99 per year.
Do you have questions about Termageddon or Privacy Policies in general? Or other recommendations to add? Let’s talk about them in the comments section below!