Yes! You NEED a privacy policy on your website.

You NEED a Privacy Policy on Your Website

Privacy Policies are big these days. You’d be hard-pressed to visit a website and not see something along the lines of “We’ve updated our privacy policy. Click here to view it.”

So, what’s the big deal with Privacy Policies and why do I have to be concerned about it?

You can thank GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) for bringing the issue to the forefront. In a nutshell, this regulation requires that anyone who does business with folks in the European Union (EU) has to comply with certain data protection rules. And one of them is having a privacy policy.

We did an entire Facebook Live with Attorney Christy Westerfeld about GDPR that you can check out here.

The biggest misconception is that if you don’t do business with people in the EU, then you don’t need to worry about their rules and regulations.  Which isn’t true.

The sheer fact that someone who resides in the EU can come and visit your website makes you have to comply with the rules.

AND…..the State of California has required this for years, so even if you don’t have people from the EU checking out your site, chances are high that someone in California is!  So, my friend, you are required to have a Privacy Policy on your website.

(While we’re chatting about legal docs, you may want to check out our blog post that talks about the importance of having a Terms & Conditions and a Disclaimer page on your site as well as a Privacy Policy!)

How Do I Get A Privacy Policy on My Website?

That’s the question that I’ve been getting from many MavroCreative clients.

Before we dive in, I have a disclaimer:  “I’m not an attorney and am not providing legal advice in my role as a web designer.”

Now that we got that out of the way, my recommendation is that you hire an attorney to prepare your Privacy Policy for you! That’s really the best way to ensure that what you have on your website completely covers you and your business.

I have a favorite attorney that I use for all of my online business legal documents:  Attorney Christy Westerfeld. You can purchase individual templates or bundles of all of your legal docs by visiting her website here.

(I don’t receive any compensation for referring Christy. I just happen to think she’s one of the best out there for this stuff!)

The next best thing is to use the online generator that WordPress is now including with the latest release.

A word of caution:  The generator produces a template for you to use but you will still need to review it and customize it for your business. And once you have the page created, you need to include it as a link in the footer of your website.

To make it super easy for you, I walk you through step-by-step how to activate and run the Privacy Policy on your WordPress site in our Facebook Live video below:

Wrap-Up

A Privacy Policy is a must on your website and there are a few ways to go about getting one. Whether you choose to hire an attorney or you use a template, just be sure that the policy pertains to YOUR business and has all of the critical elements that are needed.

Until next time!

xoxo,

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