How to set up a privacy policy on your website to make it GDPR compliant

Adding a privacy policy to your website is essential in order to be compliant with the GDPR. In the event of a legal dispute, doing this saves you and your customers a significant amount of trouble. If anyone from the EU accesses your website, make sure that you have a privacy policy on your website.

Note: This tutorial is meant only for information and sharing purposes, this is not legal advice. For legal matters, seek professional help from a lawyer.

How to set up a privacy policy on your website to make it GDPR compliant

The privacy policy of your website must be:

  • Written clearly and concisely
  • Easily accessible from your website

The steps mentioned below help you create a separate page that you can link to from relevant places. The privacy policy doesn’t have to appear on the main site, but you should add it in the footer and any other page where you might need your customers’ consent. A privacy policy must be written with the following information included:

  • The data you collect
  • Why you use the data
  • How you obtain the data
  • How long you retain the data
  • Where do you share the collected data
  • How can users access their data, change their data, or delete their data
  • How can they opt-out of letting you collect their data

If you need to do business with one or more EU member states, you have to identify your data protection supervisory authority. Document this in your privacy policy too.

Any changes to your privacy policy must be shared with your customers. Communicate the changes in the document with your team too.

How to write the privacy policy

If you are unsure of how to create a privacy policy, you can get help from privacy policy generators that you can find online. To select the best policy generator:

  • Make sure you select the generator that claims to produce GDPR compliant privacy policy.
  • When selecting a free one, watch out for upsells. Many free generators will try to upsell you on other sites and services, change your information or get your consent for special offers.
  • A paid option might be a good idea, as it will not compromise your security.

Click here if you need instructions on setting up Terms of Service on your website as well.

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