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Managing Settings: Privacy Policy

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Introduction

In this lesson, we will explore setting up a privacy policy page. It is recommended that all website owners add a privacy policy page to their site, as it is a document required by law that discloses the information you collect about visitors to your website. For example, let’s visit WordPress.org and see what their privacy policy page looks like. This privacy policy describes how WordPress.org uses and protects information given to them.

Template

Next, let’s discuss how WordPress has made life easier for users. When we open up Pages, you will notice that WordPress has simplified the process by providing us with a template privacy policy that you can modify to meet your needs. There are various subheadings with suggested text, but you can add and remove whatever you need. Some of the topics that are covered include Media, Cookies, Embedded content from other websites, Who we share your data with, How long we retain your data, What rights you have over your data, and lastly, Where we send your data. When you are happy with your changes, click Publish.

Settings

Next, we can focus our attention on privacy settings. Go to the dashboard, scroll down to Settings and click on Privacy. You can edit or preview your privacy policy page and check out the Privacy Policy Guide for extra help and support. When you scroll down, you can create a new privacy policy and change or assign the privacy policy page you are using.

Adding privacy statement to footer

In the last section, I will add my privacy policy page to my footer. I am going to make my way to Appearance and then click on Editor. This will take me to the Site Editor, where I can edit my header and footer. I can edit my header and footer within the template. But to edit my footer with fewer distractions, I will navigate to Navigation and select the footer navigation. I will open the Template Editing Mode, click on the Inserter of the Navigation block, and add my privacy page. Once added, I can click Save. When I return to my Home Template and scroll down, I will see that my privacy policy page is now part of my footer below Quick Links. It is also worth mentioning that you can generate a privacy policy using a plugin.

Conclusion

All the best as you set up your privacy statement.