Why do you need a cookie notice?
It is not only the information you ‘actively’ collect through comments and contact forms that falls under the privacy laws, but also those you ‘inactively’ collect. Cookies can be described as the short term memory of the Internet, as they ‘remember’ bits of information and are stored in the browser of your visitor. They help to make your web visits more personal.
Now, we can’t just go and add our own stuff to someone else’s computer, right? So we need to let them know we are doing it, and to give them the option to deny you access to their computer. For that you need a cookie notice.
- What information you collect from your visitors (note: if you have a webshop, you will obviously collect more information than only a name and an email address like you do when visitors comment on your blog);
- Tell your visitors how you obtain the information (i.e. comments and contact form);
- Share the reason you request this information (i.e. to be able to get in contact with them to answer any questions);
- Inform your visitors on how you store this information (i.e. in your WordPress dashboard);
- Share how you will protect the information (i.e. to never share their personal information with anyone else);
- Tell your visitors who else has access to your information (i.e. third party software for analytics or email newsletters).
What contents should be in your cookie notice?
- Your visitor should be able to freely give their consent, which means consent should not be obtained as a condition for continuing to use your site;
- Your visitor should be able to reverse their consent;
Thoughts on disclaimers
The first question you might ask is: do you need a disclaimer on your site?
My answer will always be: yes, you do. Every blog, every website needs a disclaimer, no matter what, as it protects your from lawsuits, as you don’t want to be held responsible for anything that you might write or post on your blog.
If you post content that can be rated as 18+, you should add that to your disclaimer. If you talk about any health, legal, financial or any other professional issues, make sure you put in your disclaimer that this is not advice, but your personal observations. Do you share sponsored posts, articles you have taken money for? Mention that in your disclaimer.
Bottom line, mention anything in your disclaimer that you think might have the possibility if becoming a legal issue.
You can search for a plugin to help you with writing a disclaimer, or just copy the disclaimer from this site and adjust it to your own.
As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me.
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