If you have a website that collects user data, or provide some sort of product or service, you probably should have legal information available to your website users.
What legal information you should have and why
Legal information refers to the rules of engagement if someone wants to use your website. It declares what happens on your site, and satisfies legal requirements in different countries or regions around data protection.
Some common legal pages:
What if you don’t sell products or collect information on your site?
Most sites nowadays are primarily software-based and need certain information saved on the user. For example, web browsers such as Google Chrome, Safari, or Firefox have features that communicate with a WordPress website and saves user information in the form of a cookie. This data is then used to track user activities and tailor the experience.
What happens if you don’t have legal information on your website?
Many sites have been operating quite fine over the years without any of this legal information and they haven’t gotten into any trouble. However, data protection laws have been becoming stricter and so you could leave yourself open to lawsuits or big fines if you have been found to be in breach the rules.
These rules vary across the world, and by nature of how the internet works, users could be located anywhere in the world. Being compliant worldwide is important regardless of where you are based.
GDPR and other rules and regulations
One of the legal frameworks to follow is The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is based in the EU but also applies outside the EU, provided that EU residents can access your website. It sets out guidance on the collection and processing of personal data.
In the US, there are various state-based regulations and it can be pretty confusing and difficult to keep track of. It is worth making sure you comply with these local rules if you have users in these states.
How can I get these legal pages?
These pages have to be carefully put together based on how your users interact with the site. There are a number of options available to you for writing the content for these pages. Of course, you could write it yourself, but only if you feel that you have sufficient understanding of the various rules or laws and you are confident that you can put together effective documents.
A better way would be to have it taken care of for you by using an existing tool.
Here are a few options:
- privacypolicies.com – this service offers a free and a premium option depending on what needs to be in your documents.
- Iubenda – premium service
- You can use a service to create your legal pages instead of trying to make one up yourself as you may.
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