Updated on Nov 9, 2022
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Every website collects data from its users in a variety of ways. Many countries require websites 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 General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?
The General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 is an EU law regulation on data protection and privacy for all individual European Union and European Economic Area citizens. It also covers the transfer of personal data outside of the EU and EEA.
This law applies to all websites, even if you are not located in an EU country.
What is the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)?
The California Consumer Privacy Act is a state statute aimed at enhancing privacy rights and consumer protection for California residents in the United States.
This law applies to websites that collect personally identifiable 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 or make changes to the default draft, you must first click the "Edit" button:
It contains sections that explain how a WordPress website may collect personal information. It will include sections such as:
- 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;
You'll also notice sections with no information beneath them. Contact forms, Analytics, How we protect your data, and many other sections are examples.
- First, you will need to create a new custom menu by visiting Appearance → Menus;
- Click on the “create a new menu” link on the top;
- Provide a Menu Name for your custom navigation menu and click Create Menu;
- 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.
- All your selected pages will appear under your newly created menu. You can now arrange menu items by simply dragging them up or down.
- Click on the “Save Menu” button to save your changes.
- Go to Appearance → Widgets:
- Click on "Footer”, or another widget you have already created and then on the “+” button:
- In the Select Menu drop-down options, select the custom navigation menu you created earlier and the changes will be applied automatically.
- Once this is done, you will be able to see a preview of the newly created menu's appearance.
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