Personal information refers to information that can directly or indirectly be linked to an individual. Here are some examples of personal information that WordPress sites might collect:
- Email addresses
- Social media profiles
- Cookie data
- Geolocation information
Websites can collect personal data directly or through third-party services. Some common data collection methods on WordPress sites include:
- Contact forms
- Account sign-ups
- User comment forms
- Social media plugins
- Third-party advertisers or analytics
Privacy laws that may apply to your WordPress site include the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA), and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).
Let’s take a closer look at two notable privacy regulations and how they apply to your WordPress site.
The GDPR applies to any website that serves and collects data from European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland residents.
- a licensed attorney
- Information Collection and Use: Explain what type of personal information is collected, and what it’s used for.
- Methods of Data Collection: Outline the direct and indirect ways that personal information is collected, such as through contact forms, comment forms, or social media plugins.
- Third-Party Services: Identify all third-party plugins, services or advertisers that collect information on your site, and link to their privacy policies.
- Users’ Rights: List the rights that users have over their data, such as requesting to access, update, or delete their data.
To comply with multiple data laws, add sections to your privacy that address specific privacy laws and their jurisdictions, as seen in the example’s “Residents of the EEA & Switzerland” section, which features GDPR-related information.
- From your WordPress dashboard, navigate to Settings > Privacy.
- Click Add to Menu then Save Menu.
- Go to Appearances > Widgets on your dashboard.
- Privacy laws around the world, such as the GDPR and CalOPPA, mandate privacy policies for websites.