Back to your statement about just publishing articles. Just two instances. Do you let readers comment on your articles? You are collecting their email address and probably their IP address. Do you have Google Analytics code on your site? You are collecting all sorts of data thee, data that you use to make your website more efficient and popular.
If you have an eCommerce site or a Membership system you know the types of personal data you are collecting.
One regulation that you may have heard about is the GDPR, the General Data Protection Regulation. It is the European Union’s take on protecting an individual’s data. If any individual who is a resident in the European Union uses your website, your website must comply with the GDPR requirements for data collection and protection.
In the United States, the state of California has passed what they call COPPA, the California Consumer Privacy Act and CalOPPA, the California Online Privacy Protection Act. California is the first state to pass a data protection law but several other states have similar laws passing through their legislatures.
For those websites with international visitors, the country of Brazil has their own data protection regulation similar to the GDPR which applies to the citizens of Brazil
You’re Convinced Me – What Do I Do Next?
WordPress now has a built-in Privacy page (since version 4.9.6) that was partially generated when WordPress was updated. You can find it through the left-column dashboard menu under Settings/Privacy. That setting permits you to select the WordPress-generated page or select a new page that you have generated.
If you select Use This Page to select the WordPress-supplied page you will have to then edit the page to meet your website’s needs. Much of the page is filled out for you but several paragraphs have only a heading for which you will have to supply the details.
Here is an article on Privacy Policies from the folks at WPKube that you might find interesting.
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