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How to write a privacy policy for a blog

Have a blog and need to follow privacy laws? If you have any questions surrounding this topic don’t worry, you’re not alone! In this post, we’ll not only take a look at a sample privacy policy for a blog but also explain all you need to know about them! Here’s how to write a privacy policy for a blog.

How to write a privacy policy for a blog
A privacy policy is a legal document that states how a company or website collects, handles, and processes the data of its customers and visitors. It should explicitly describe whether that information is kept confidential, or is shared with third parties, the reasons for processing the data as well as the user’s rights in regards to their data, granted under whichever law applies to you. 

A privacy policy is a legal requirement almost everywhere in the world. You’ll most likely need it because under most countries’ laws, you’re legally required to inform your users about the data you’re collecting and how you’re processing them.

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Writing a privacy policy for a blog

By now you probably realize that privacy policies are complex legal documents and it’s very important that they’re legally sound and customized to your actual business processes, site, and needs. For this reason, we strongly advise against trying to write clauses yourself.

With that said, here’s how a privacy policy should be written for a blog (at the very least):

  1. You’ll need to identify the data controller (you/your business). If the Owner is a legal entity, it is necessary to indicate the personal details, together with the residence or registered office, as well as contact details. Click here for more information on identifying details of data controllers.
  2. Include the effective date of the policy. This means the date that the policy goes live and comes into force.
  3. Identify the categories of data you’ll be processing, and state the reasons why. For example, if you have a newsletter, you might be processing first names and email addresses. The reason for this might be in order to send newsletters. Keep in mind that even IP addresses can be personal data.
  4. Identify any third parties you share data with. This includes all integrations you have running on your site. Things like social plugins, google analytics, gravatar or other comment management plugins, web fonts, and more. Not sure what third-party integrations are running on your site, try our free site scanner.
  5. List rights granted to the user under the law. This can include things like the Right to be informed, the right to access, do not track requests, etc. These rights vary depending on which law applies to BOTH you and your users.

To see how all these elements come together, you can check out a sample privacy policy here:

Privacy Policy

The sample above is just an example and the legal text is customized to specific data processes and laws. Remember that privacy policies are legal documents and it is mandatory that they contain truthful information or you could be putting yourself at risk. Create your own Privacy Policy for your Blog for free here.

More on compliance for bloggers and web publishers

This article is a part of our series on compliance for bloggers and web publishers. Read also:

👉 How To Add Copyright To Your Blog

Can I use a privacy policy generator?

The good news is yes, you absolutely can! 
But it would be best if you were careful. Choose a high-quality privacy policy Generator that at the very least:

  • contains clauses written by actual legal professionals,
  • allows you to customize your document based on your individual needs entirely,
  • gives you helpful info and tips about each clause before adding it, and
  • lets you go back in and edit or modify your documents when your business needs to grow or change.

How iubenda can help

You can simply maintain a professional, self-updating Privacy and Cookie Policy, customizable from 1700+ clauses, available in 11 languages, created by an international legal team, and updated with the leading worldwide laws, thanks to our privacy policy generator.

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