Every website collects some sort of data from its users in different ways. According to the law in many countries, websites are required to disclose the information they collect about their visitors, and how this information is used.
Below are some of the ways in which WordPress website gathers user information:
- Comment forms: Collecting the user’s name and email address through comment forms.
- Google Analytics: Using Google Analytics to track user behavior and traffic source.
- Contact forms: Collecting user details through your website’s contact form.
- Advertisement: If you are allowing third-party website advertisements using Google Adsense, Facebook Pixels or other ad-platforms tracking code.
- Subscriber list: Collecting user details to add them to your email subscription list.
What is the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)?
“The General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individual citizens of the European Union and the European Economic Area. It also addresses the transfer of personal data outside the EU and EEA areas.”- Wikipedia
This law is applicable to every website even if you are not from the EU countries.
What is the CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act)?
“The California Consumer Privacy Act is a state statute intended to enhance privacy rights and consumer protection for residents of California, United States.” Wikipedia
This law is applicable to those websites which collect personal information from California residents.
- The details about the data you collect from users visiting your website.
- Explain to users how you collect their information. For example, it could be through web beacons, site logs, cookies, signup forms, comment forms, etc.
- If you use any third-party ad networks like Google Adsense, mention them all.
- Explain your intent to collect user data. This could be for optimizing your website, improving user experience, customizing your web page content based on visitors’ browser type and/or other information.
- Explain how users can opt-out of these cookies and include links to opt-out pages on your site and third-party advertiser websites.
- From your WordPress dashboard, go to Settings > Privacy
If you want to edit the default draft or want to make some changes to it, you need to click on the “Edit” button to do so (refer below picture)
You will find that it has sections explaining how a WordPress website may collect personal information. It will include sections like:
- Who we are
- What personal data we collect and why we collect it
- How long we retain your data
- What rights you have over your data
- And many more
You’ll also notice that it also has sections with no information below them. For example, sections like Contact forms, Analytics, How we protect your data and many more.
1. First, you will need to create a new custom menu by visiting Appearance > Menus
2. Next, click on the “Create a new menu” link on the top.
3. Now, you need to provide a new name for your custom navigation menu.
4. On the left column, click on the “View All” tab to view all the pages and select all the required pages you want to add. And then click on the “Add to Menu” button.
5. Now, all your selected pages will appear under your newly created menu. You can now arrange menu items by simply dragging them up or down.
Once you are done, click on the “Save Menu” button to save your changes.
6. After that go to Appearance > Widgets
7. Now, click on “Navigation Menu” > Select “Footer Widget” and click on the “Add Widget” button.
8. Now on the right column, select the custom navigation menu you created earlier in the widget settings and click on the Save button to publish your changes.
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