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Before we begin let’s address the big question.
Websites collect different types of information from users. This information is commonly used for advertising and marketing purposes. Generally, a website collects the following information from its users:
- Name and email address using comment forms
- Age, gender, and location using contact forms
- User activity on the internet using trackers
- User preferences using cookies
- Other data collected by plugins and security tools
There are stringent privacy laws like the General Data Protection Regulation aimed at protecting the privacy of users on the internet. Penalties for even small negligence can amount to millions.
Here is a guide to the biggest GDPR fines so far.
If you have business in the EU region, then you will have to comply with the GDPR regulations, or big fines will await you. There are many such privacy laws in the world like CCPA of California, LGPD of Brazil, CNIL of France, and POPIA of South Africa. These laws require you to disclose the use of personal information of your website visitors.
- Inform the users that you collect their personal information
- Let them know what data you collect, why you collect it, and how.
- Explain how third-party advertising and analytics are used
- Inform your website’s identity and contact information
- Provide guidelines on how users can access or delete the information stored
Open your WordPress dashboard and navigate to Settings > Privacy.
After making necessary changes, Publish the page, and it will be added to the Home page menu.
The cookies collect information such as the user’s preferences, language settings, login credentials, etc. Websites will load these settings when next time the user visits.
Install and activate the plugin from the WordPress plugin repository. To know more about installing a WordPress plugin, refer to this article.
After installing the plugin, go to GDPR Cookie Consent > Policy generator.
The WordPress cookie consent plugin we used in this article can be used to comply with major cookie laws in the world.
Here is a detailed article about WooCommerce GDPR compliance that explains what you need to do to comply with GDPR guidelines.
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