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Just like you, when I first started blogging, I mainly cared about the theme, the pictures and graphics I used, and the topics I wrote about.
I did not think too much about the legalities attached to blogging.
It was a complete waste of my time, let alone I just put myself at high risk of getting in trouble.
Good thing I was lucky enough to snatch the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit while it was being offered on a limited time by Ultimate Bundles. For more than 90% off the regular price, the bundle contains tons of e-courses, e-books, and resources that are perfect for beginners.
To be honest, I was only expecting to receive a template and instructions on how to edit it but I was surprised to find so much more!
It must adhere to certain country regulations and must be applied to any actions you do on your blog.
But before you proceed reading, just a brief disclaimer — I am not a lawyer nor an expert in blog legalities. I am simply sharing with you my major takeaways from Lucrezia’s course.
Now that I’ve cleared that up. Let’s begin.
What does personal information include?
It includes your users’ name, e-mail address, location, birth date, and more.
To get the full list, check-out the template here.
How do bloggers process personal data?
- Comment systems
- Contact forms
- Google Analytics
- Affiliate portals, etc.
If the fact that it’s a legal requirement is not enough to convince you, here are more reasons:
#1. Peace of Mind
I mean, if you consider blogging as a business, you wouldn’t want to be against the law right?
Well, I never really felt confident about it and I always felt uneasy whenever I came across articles about blogging legally. I knew that I was not protected so I was so paranoid about getting in trouble for my blog.
In this day and age, I’m sure a lot of your readers are too.
It shows that you care about their privacy and that you are giving them a choice on how they want their private information to be handled and stored.
In return, your readers will trust you more and will not hesitate to sign up for your newsletter.
Soon, you’ll find yourself having loyal subscribers and regular visitors on your blog, not to mention potential partnerships with brands, affiliate programs, and ad networks.
#3. Legal Protection
I’ve read so many articles about people getting sued or fined with a hefty amount just because they failed to protect their blog legally.
I don’t want to be one of those people.
And I’m sure you don’t want to be in trouble too for doing something you love.
I realized it’s better to spend time and a bit of money now in order to get things right rather than risking it then receiving lawsuits later.
CAN YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT GDPR AND CCPA?
It is important to note you may be required to comply with GDPR and/or CCPA depending on your circumstances.
What does GDPR stand for and what is it about?
GDPR, which stands for General Data Protection Regulation, was established to ensure the data privacy of individuals based in the European Union (EU).
Since as previously mentioned, there are many ways we process personal data in our blog, therefore, we are legally bound to comply with this regulation.
My country does not belong to the EU. Do I still need to comply with GDPR?
Even if you are not based in the EU, as long as you get EU-based visitors or subscribers, you are still bound by the GDPR.
How about CCPA? What is it all about?
CCPA stands for California Consumer Privacy Act. It is a piece of legislation that aims to protect the privacy and consumer rights of California residents.
I don’t live in California though. Is this still required?
Depending on your circumstances or whether you meet the conditions, CCPA may or may not apply to you.
However, do note that CCPA may apply to you even if you are not based in California.
There are still certain grey areas in this regulation, however if you are planning to monetize your blog, it is highly suggested to just stay on the safe side and comply.
On the other hand, if you are just blogging as a hobby and you don’t want to monetize your blog, CCPA does not apply to you, only GDPR does.
If you need more clarification, Lucrezia gives a comprehensive explanation about this in her workshop.
Believe me, there were so many times I was tempted to copy someone else’s privacy statement and just edit it with my details.
I mean, it would have saved me some money right?
- Not everything in the template was applicable to my blog. This means that by copying someone else’s, you might miss some very important information that is actually required for your blog.
- I received not just a simple template but a useful guide. For example, it included some tips on where to get specific information (i.e. list of cookies being used), and how to include it in the policy.
All of those details I wouldn’t be aware of if I simply copied a template.
Finally, it is never okay to copy someone else’s work especially since a lot of bloggers highly invested time and money on their blog.
Are there other options?
Of course, there are other options.
If you know someone who is a lawyer, you can ask him / her to draft a policy for you.
So, that’s it!
I hope I was able to give you a clear idea on this topic.
I highly recommend though for you to check out the workshop. It’s a lot more comprehensive plus it’s always better to know the legalities directly from a legal professional.
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This is such wonderful and value information. Thank you so much for sharing.
Valuable tips here ! I took the same course and I am very pleased ! Thank you for being so informative ! I know a lot of new bloggers would really love to learn from this!!
Thanks Pam! Glad you enjoyed the course as much as I did! 🙂
Thanks for all this information! This legal & techy stuff is definitely the hardest part about blogging! Thanks for these resources, they’ll be so helpful
Hi Sharon! Thanks for your feedback. I agree with you that’s why it took some time before I actually took the legal stuff seriously! Good thing the course was so easy to understand so I did not have a difficult time applying it on my blog.
That is super important. Totally agree darling!
This is something I’ve put off because I don’t know what to include! Thanks for the tips, I’ll get on it!
Thank you so much for this post! Super helpful!!
Thank you for this info! Super helpful.
That’s true Britt! Yeah I’ve seen a lot of great feedback about Amira’s templates so you made the right choice!
Thank you for this. Very informative
This is great information! I feel like many bloggers make the mistake of not making sure their blogs are legally protected. This post would be a great place to start!
Thanks for this information. As a newbie blogger it has been very useful
This is really thought provoking!