Privacy Policies: Reporting the Tracking

Do you know what personal information is collected from you when you are online? The answer could surprise you. Here is a list of regularly collected information.

What Is Tracked

  • What websites you visit and the frequency of those visits
  • What your name is.
  • Your geographic location.
  • Passwords you use.
  • Credit Card information.
  • Social Security Numbers.

These are just a few examples of the types of information being tracked while you are online. Does it make you wonder what the information is used for?

Why Are You Tracked?

  • To see what websites you visit and the frequency of your visits.
  • To acquire your personal information for solicitation purposes.
  • What items you purchase online.
  • Where you work.
  • What your annual income is.
  • Your marital status.
  • How many children you have.

The reasons why you are tracked are endless. Website tracking unquestionably changes the meaning of the words personal and private. Now to see how these websites are tracking your every move.

How are you Tracked?

  • Cookies – Pieces of data (your information) that websites store in your browser.
  • IP Address – Websites that you visit always obtain your IP Address.
  • Browser History – Your browsing history enables websites to see what sites you have visited.

These are just a few ways websites track people on the internet. There are ways to avoid internet tracking.

Protecting Yourself and Informing Your Visitors

It is required you have a privacy policy posted on all business and personal websites. This protects you by letting visitors, commenters, and fellow bloggers know what information you and the website are tracking. It gives visitors the option to choose if they want this information tracked or not.

What WordPress Tracks

WordPress.com tracks  information such as your browser type, language preferences, referring sites, date and time of the visit, and when data is published. WordPress.com uses the data for reporting on trends of use.

WordPress.org tracks no information. If you want information tracked, you must set it up yourself. But be sure and explain what information you are tracking and why. Also, let your visitors know what it is being used for.

How to Write a Privacy Policy

Determine what information is collected on your website. The information could be anything from the user’s browser type to their IP Address. Explain why it is tracked. Make sure it is appropriate to your website. Your privacy policy needs to cover all information tracked by you.

How are you tracking this information? By cookies, IP Addresses, browser history? What is it used for? For example, you’re tracking the data for trends.

How are you going to inform your visitors of policy changes? By e-mail or posting each change on your blog? How can visitors contact you with questions regarding your privacy policy? Have you provided contact information?

Example Privacy Policies

For a Better understanding of what is needed when you create your privacy policy .

Privacy Policy: Personal Website

Write in or add a link to how visitors information is protected.

Example Privacy PolicyFor piece of mind protect yourself, your visitors, contributors, and fellow bloggers, please post a privacy policy.

Free Privacy Policy Generators

To further assist you in making a thorough and complete privacy policy for your website:

 

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