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Alright you guys, GDPR. Let’s look at a couple of different solutions. Let’s talk about, first, what the heck is it? Let’s take a look. Alright, so our first stop in finding out what GDPR is all about is over here at EUGDPR.org. That’s where we can see that it’s the General Data Protection Regulation. And this really is all about any traffic that’s coming from the EU, so from Europe.
So, you wanna monitor that inside your Google Analytics. If you have any viewership, any traffic whatsoever, this could affect your WordPress website. You’ll want to add this regulation onto your website so that you’re compliant, and you’re not breaking any laws.
What are Privacy Policies?
So, what does that really mean when we’re talking about privacy policies in general? So, privacy policies are actually required by law on your website for you to disclose to the individual visitor what it is that you’re collecting, what you’re monitoring, and how you use that content. It’s actually very, very important that you have a solution on your WordPress website.
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Why Should I be Concerned?
You might be thinking right now I don’t even know what this means, I don’t know how this affects me, or what I should even be talking about. Think about this:
Do you have a contact form?
If you’re using contact forms, any sort of a contact form on your website that somebody fills out and submits their email address or their name to you, you have now collected data. You now need to be compliant, because you need to be able to tell people how you’re using that content.
Do you track with Google Analytics?
If you’re tracking Google Analytics, you’re collecting data! You’ve collected what browser they use, where they came from, where they went to after they left. You’re collecting data! So, you need to be sure that you have it kind of written in your terms, what you’re doing with that content.
Do you have affiliate links?
Think about if you’re, also have any affiliate links, right? If you have any affiliate links in your website, and you’re selling any products in your website, that are not your products. There are things that you need to notify to people, and maybe they’ll never even read them, but you wanna be sure to be compliant.
There you go, it appears right over here on the left side, Auto Terms, Compliance Kits, Settings, License, Contact. So, just so y’all know, there is a premium version of this, that addresses the GDPR. It allows you to have a cookie notice and actual little pop-up. And then it also allows you to have auto-notifications that go out to your individual users as you make an update to these pages. So, it might be well worth the investment to go for the premium version of this, but we’re gonna work on the free version today, ’cause free is always in the budget, right?
So I’m gonna go to Settings, you just wanna be sure that these are setting correctly with your website name, your URL, and your company name. They’re gonna be using these to kind of plugin, or fill in the blank, the different fields. So you wanna just be sure that all these things are set up correctly first out of the gate. Of course, the great state of Texas, there you go, and we’re gonna click Save Changes.
So, we’re gonna fill in the blank. This is so cool and really, really helpful because sometimes we don’t even know what to put on these pages. So, all you’re gonna do is fill out this information, then click Create! And, again, it’s gonna fill out all the terms here. You can go in and certainly adjust things as you feel more comfortable, make changes to it.
Please don’t just click Publish. Please read through every single one of these steps. If it has something that says please contact us, you can highlight that, link it to your contact page, or you can go ahead right here and put in your phone number, or your email address, right here in this space. Don’t just blanket statement, have these things dropped in, and click Publish, alright? Be sure to read through every single thing and, to save my tush, I’m gonna say reference your legal team, if you do have a legal team, to be certain that this covers all the areas that you need to be compliant, especially if you are selling products directly on your website. Or, especially if you have any sort of products like vaping materials, or alcohol, or anything to do with age-appropriate content. You need to be certain that you address your legal team, and don’t just take these terms and conditions blanketly.
Now that this page is published, I’m gonna show you something really cool that these guys, these developers, just went above and beyond and thought about you guys. So, I love it. This is created, it’s published, watch, I’m gonna go back to the front side of my website now, and I’m gonna click Refresh, and as I do that what it’s done now that this page is published is it’s actually gone ahead in the extreme footer-footer area of my website, and actually added the link for me. I’m gonna keep scrolling down here all the way to the bottom.
Look way down here at the bottom, we’ve got a Terms and Conditions link right down there, that if I click on, it links, goes straight to that website. Beautifully in place, by the way, any shortcode that you saw had my name replaced, so here’s Ask Kori. Everything’s in place, and we have a Legal Terms and Conditions page in there. Isn’t that cool? I didn’t have to go figure out how to add the link down in my footer. They did it all for me.
So both of those again are the Premium, but, this right here if we wanted to configure kinda how those links looked, if we didn’t like down at the very bottom of our website, if we didn’t like this white banner that doesn’t really match anything on my website with this black link, they give you the ability go on and change those things. So you can disable if you want.
What a great plugin, you guys, right? All on the budget of free.
So this is another solution that you have in place if you don’t wanna add another plugin. This is already inside your dashboard underneath that Settings, Privacy area.
I hope this answers your questions. If you have more though, be sure to comment on the video. I’ll try to answer them to best of my ability. Reference your legal team, of course!
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That this is the General Data Protection Regulation. Basically a regulation that comes in your website when it talks about. Alright, so heading over here to EUGDP, Ah, poo poos!