If you’ve decided to use WordPress for your online education business, you’ve made a smart choice. This platform is powerful, accessible, and very flexible. However, you might be wondering how to make your education site compliant with privacy laws.
In this post, we’ll look at the basics of Privacy Policies and why your education site needs one. Then, we’ll discuss five tips for creating an effective policy. Let’s dive right in!
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In recent years, Privacy Policies have become increasingly important, mainly due to the rise of invisible tracking technologies and online privacy laws. Some laws, such as the Virginia Data Consumer Protection Act (VCDPA), require businesses to include instructions on how people can opt out of any targeted promotions they don’t want to receive.
Now, let’s talk about why Privacy Policies are essential for education websites. When we say “education site”, we are referring to platforms that offer online courses, such as Skillshare and Udemy, not traditional educational institutions:
It’s important to point this out because this type of site essentially functions as an online store, offering on-demand courses that users can sign up for right away. On the other hand, a brick-and-mortar school will likely have a traditional tuition payment system.
In any case, WordPress education sites will still deal with student data. As you can imagine, this will differ slightly from the traditional e-commerce scenario.
For instance, it’s likely that an e-commerce store will need a customer’s name, payment information, and address. Education sites will need a lot of the same information, but they’ll likely require some additional details for their student profiles.
Regardless, if you’re collecting personal information for your online classes, you’ll need to comply with different privacy laws. These include (but are not limited to):
- EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
- Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)
- California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA)
- California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA)
- Utah Consumer Privacy Act
- Quebec Law 25
For more information, check out this comprehensive list of privacy laws for websites.
As you can see, privacy laws are typically dependent on where you do business and where you offer your goods or services. This means that, if your WordPress education website reaches a global audience, you may have to consider the privacy laws of every country you cater to.
Privacy laws are also dependent on your website visitors. They can be dictated by whose personal information you are collecting and who you are tracking online.
Now that you’re more familiar with Privacy Policies and why they’re important, we’re going to share a few tips to help you create one for your education site.
All you have to do is answer a series of simple questions about your business. This way, Termageddon will know which clauses will apply to your education site.
2. Create a WordPress Page for Your Policy
This way, users can find the information they’re looking for without having to scroll through the entire content. Plus, it can make your page look cleaner and more professional.
Alternatively, if you don’t have a footer, you could include it as a part of your navigation menu. This way, it’s readily available to users.
While it will likely need to contain some formal legalese, you can make it more accessible by using an appropriate font and color. This will make it easier for users with visual impairments to read the policy. Additionally, you may want to consider using a text-to-speech tool.
- Create a WordPress page for your policy.