As a new blogger, I am sure you look at all the legalese involved and think – I can't do that.
But the thing is – you really have to create one.
This is because various governing agencies require that you be transparent with your readers about the personal data that you collect.
This article on the Web Hosting Secret Revealed website puts it best:
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Yes – Your Little Blog is Collecting Data
You might think that you are not collecting any earth shattering information via your blog. After all, you are just writing.
But think again.
If you have a simple contact form on your website, you are collecting personal information.
Related: How to Start a Blog Using WordPress
Have you heard of GDPR? The EU Data Protection Regulation has strict guidelines that may apply to your blog even if you are not in the European Union.
Every blogger will use different products and services on their sites that collect reader data in different ways.
This question is harder to answer.
The right answer is to call an attorney and have them draft one for you.
But, I don't know your budget and I don't know how much lawyers cost.
Option 2, should you choose, would be to try and draft one on your own.
Again, I am not an expert, so make your own conclusions on how to use this information.
However, I recently was introduced to Amira at A Self Guru who is both a lawyer and a blogger.
To help the blogging community she created and sells (at a very reasonable price) several legal page templates that your blog needs – you can find them here:
You may also want to look at these resources:
- TermsFeed has an excellent and in depth look at privacy policies and the requirements
I certainly thought mine was all buttoned up.
But in writing this article, I found a few things on my own that updated and changed.
So, it is worth revisiting on a regular basis.
The way that I accomplish this is by including the link in the footer of my blog. Some people will include a link in their top menu instead.
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