Create a Privacy and Cookies Policy – GDPR CCPA Compliance

Why you need to create a privacy and cookies policy? If you follow our blog posts and Youtube tutorials, by now you should have your own website up and running. If you don’t, you can always check out our tutorials on our Blog or on our Youtube Channel so you can learn for free how to create your first online business.

After creating your first website, you’ll probably want to collect information about your visitors, so you can target them with paid advertising and turn them into loyal customers of your brand.

In order to be compliant with GDPR and CCPA laws, you’ll need to create a privacy and cookies policy and a cookie notice in your website. If you’re not familiar with the terms we just mentioned, keep reading and we’ll go into more details to help you out on this journey.

What is a privacy and cookies policy?

A privacy and cookies policy is basically a document that can be created inside or outside of your website domain, that will provide your visitors with all the information regarding the data your website collects from its users, how they are stored and used.

It is all about being transparent with your customers and potential customers, by telling them every single detail about what type of information you collect from them, like their name, an email, phone or even their IP Address.

To show them what you’ll do with their data, like use it to tailor their customer experience, use it for email marketing or retarget ads for example.

Provide information of how you’ll store their data, if it will be secure and who will have access to these type of information. You want to list every possible way

Why creating a privacy policy?

Regardless if your customers read or not your privacy and cookies policy, you should create it to be compliant with GDPR and CCPA. If you’re not familiar with those terms, GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation and CCPA stands for California Consumer Privacy Act.

In order to comply with both of the laws mentioned above, it is really important that you create a good privacy and cookies policy, and that you detail on it every aspect of usage and storage data.

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Besides being in line with the regulations, it is really important to have a privacy policy listed in your website to help you with SEO, so you rank your pages better on search engines like Google and Bing for example.

Another great point is to be transparent and look professional to your customers. Would you trust buying something in a website that does not provide you any information of how they will store, use or share you credit card information? Well, that is a great point to consider and get the job done as soon as you can!

How to create a privacy and cookies policy?

Every business has a different need in terms of data collections and usage, therefore it is quite difficult to name exactly how to create your own privacy and cookies policy, so you should probably do your own due diligence and choose the best way to go.

That being said, I’ll list in here a few options that could help you to create a privacy and cookies policy that best suits you and your business model.

1. Hire a Lawyer

This is the option I would recommend for you, specially if you’re a beginner and do not understand most of the issues you would have to include in your privacy and cookies policy to be compliant with the law and still attend all your needs as a business.

Although this might be the most expensive way to create a privacy and cookies policy, it is the most secure way to do so, so you can be 100% compliant with the law and have no further issues with this subject.

But if something changes in the law, you’ll need always a lawyer to revisit this policy and make the adjustments needed.

2. Use Privacy and Cookies Policy Generators

If you do not have the budget to hire a lawyer at this moment, the second best solution would be to use websites that could create a nice and suitable policy for you.

A great and affordable solution for this option is a website called Iubenda, there you can choose options that you would use in your website like Google Analytics, Facebook ads, and other applications you might need to use and it would generate a privacy and cookies policy for you, and that would cost you only around $10 per month, which is quite cheaper compared to hiring a lawyer.

They also have a solution to implement a Cookie notice in your website that is very nice. And the best part of it all, is that you’ll embed the policy into your website, that means that whenever something changes in these laws, Iubenda will work on the issues and they will automatically be updated to your website, without the need to manually edit it.

3. Write your own

This is something I do not recommend, but if you want to do this way, there is already a pre-made template in WordPress that could help you get started with that.

Although this template does not contain all the information you need to have in your policy, it is nice to have the skeleton of it ready to go, and you can just write the other specific parts that could be particular of your business model.

If you jump in to your WordPress dashboard, you can click on the bottom left side of your screen under Settings and then Privacy. You’ll then see the following screen, where you can add a page as your privacy policy, having also an option for you to access the WordPress guide to help you create a privacy and cookies policy.

Conclusion

As you saw, it is really important to create a privacy and cookies policy for your website so you can be GDPR CCPA compliant, and also to look professional and be transparent with your customers about what kind of information you hold and how you manage it.

As I told you, I would recommend you to hire a lawyer to create a privacy policy for you so you don’t have to worry about any legal issues related to privacy and data.

If you’re short on budget, I would recommend that you go with a privacy and cookies policy generator like Iubenda, this way your privacy would always be up to date and covering what you need for your business. If you want to try it out, click here and get a 10% off for your first year with Iubenda.

I hope you enjoyed the content, and get it done so you have no worries creating your online business and managing your visitors data, retargeting your audience and increasing your conversions.

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