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Setting up a Privacy & Cookies Policy for your Website

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Privacy policies and cookies notices are important on websites because they help to protect the privacy of website visitors. Importantly, they also help protect the website owner from legal liability.

A privacy policy is a document that explains how a website collects, uses, and shares personal information about its visitors. While a cookie notice is the message that appears on a website when you first arrive on the website (usually a popup bar or banner). In many countries, there are laws that require websites to have a privacy policy and to obtain consent from visitors before collecting certain types of personal information. The laws vary and because every business and website is different, there is no “one size fits all” for this.

While you could hire lawyers to craft the perfect policies for you, thankfully, there are options that make compliance easy and cost effective, such as Termaggeddon (used on this very website).

In this guide, I’ll show you how to set up these policies and get them onto your website.

Before you start, make sure you have created a Termageddon account and have purchased a license. NOTE: Get a 10% discount off your first year with code ALPHAPIXA at checkout.

Step 1: Prepare the Policies

After purchasing a license, you will be able to start adding Policies. I suggest creating the Privacy Policy first.

termageddon add policies

Answer all of the questions and at the end, you will be provided with a piece of code. You can copy this code and send it to your website developer or, if you know how to create a page on your website, this is quite easy to do yourself.

NOTE: If you click the “Advanced” button, you can make some changes before copying the code, such as left-alignment of titles which will otherwise be centered.

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Once you have completed this step for the Privacy Policy, you can follow the same process for the Cookie Notice, Terms and Conditions and Disclaimer. You might not need all of these policies, as it will depend on your business, but if in doubt, go ahead an complete the questionnaire!

Step 2: Create New Pages on Your Website

The process for doing this will depend on your website software. Let’s assume you are using WordPress with the default block editor. Create a new page for your Privacy Policy and add a custom html block. Copy and paste the embed code for one policy into that block. Publish. That’s it! The new page can be added to your footer or anywhere else on your website.

NOTE: You can only place one embed code on a page (i.e. one policy per page). So, you will repeat this process for the other policies.

Step 3: The Cookies Plugin

For the Cookie Notice, there is one additional step. In addition to the new page with the embed code, created in Step 2, there is a second embed code provided by Termageddon. This is for the Cookie Notice (the popup bar/banner). If you are using WordPress, you should use the plugin called Termageddon + Usercentrics.

Install & Activate the plugin. Then, navigate to Tools -> Termageddon + Usercentrics. You will see a field where the embed code can be pasted.

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You can find further information on the different set-up options for different softwares here:

Termageddon Coupon Code

When you purchase a license on the Termageddon website, use coupon code ALPHAPIXA at checkout to get 10% off your first year.

About the Author

Victoria Bennett

Victoria is a technology consultant and founder of Alpha Pixa. Her specialist expertise includes Wordpress, WooCommerce and SEO.