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The Easiest Privacy Policy Creation Tool Ever

Panic over - let's get you compliant!

I’m guessing you’re reading this because you’ve just realised that even though you don’t send unsolicited emails, you still need an updated Privacy Policy on your website!

Well here is the beauty!

In line with GDPR Regulations, WordPress have actually implemented a semi-automated Privacy Policy generator for your use.

Instructions

1. Ensure that you are using the latest version of WordPress – currently 4.9.6 – if not, back up your data and run an update

While you’re there you may as well update your plugins 😉

Pssst – if your WordPress version and plugins aren’t up to date, you aren’t protected from the latest hacker breakthroughs and are open to attack! Always do a full backup first, I recommend UpDraftPlus which is a free tool and saves externally to your Dropbox where it is always safe, and also can be scheduled.

2. You should already see a Privacy banner pop up, but if not go to “Settings >> Privacy >> Create New Page”

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3. You will notice that your website has already been input in the draft policy.

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4. Now, this step is important. READ THROUGH IT.

Not everyone has the same information or e.g. handles cookies the same, so it is imperative that you read this carefully and amend accordingly.

WordPress has even given you a handy guide to reference, but you will only find it if you are logged in.  Their comments are:

“We have suggested the sections you will need. Under each section heading, you will find a short summary of what information you should provide, which will help you to get started. Some sections include suggested policy content, others will have to be completed with information from your theme and plugins.
Please edit your privacy policy content, making sure to delete the summaries, and adding any information from your theme and plugins. Once you publish your policy page, remember to add it to your navigation menu.
It is your responsibility to write a comprehensive privacy policy, to make sure it reflects all national and international legal requirements on privacy, and to keep your policy current and accurate.”

5. Hit Save and you’re done, well, nearly!  

You will then receive a gentle reminder to update your menus.  Legally you need to have the privacy policy showing on every page, so keep it on either the primary menu or your footer.

Summary

That’s it, you’re sorted! If you’re wondering about other documents you may need on your website, check out this handy guide!

If you would like any information or assistance in making your website GDPR compliant, please get in touch!

Disclaimer: This blog does not provide legal advice and does not create a lawyer-client relationship. If you need legal advice, please contact a lawyer directly.

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