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oik-privacy-policy

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Generate a privacy policy page, compliant with UK cookie law (EU cookie directive) for use on your website

Description

Every website should have a privacy policy. The privacy policy should define how your website uses cookies. This plugin will help you create your policy page, and attach it to a menu of your choice. Choose the sections you require and tailor them for your company's information. The sample text uses shortcodes to reduce the amount of editing you need to do.

The privacy policy page that is generated is not aware of the block editor. Since WordPress v4.9.6, core has provided its own privacy notice generator. We recommend you switch to using the WordPress solution and deactivate this plugin.

Installation

  1. Upload the contents of the oik-privacy-policy plugin to the `/wp-content/plugins/oik-privacy-policy' directory
  2. Activate the oik-privacy-policy plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress
  3. Visit oik options > privacy policy
  4. Choose the sections to include, customise the text then Preview
  5. When satisfied Generate your Privacy policy page
  6. Deactivate the plugin
  • Note: oik-privacy-policy is dependent upon the oik plugin. You can activate it but it will not work unless oik is also activated. Download oik from oik download

Frequently Asked Questions

Installation

  1. Upload the contents of the oik-privacy-policy plugin to the `/wp-content/plugins/oik-privacy-policy' directory
  2. Activate the oik-privacy-policy plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress
  3. Visit oik options > privacy policy
  4. Choose the sections to include, customise the text then Preview
  5. When satisfied Generate your Privacy policy page
  6. Deactivate the plugin
  • Note: oik-privacy-policy is dependent upon the oik plugin. You can activate it but it will not work unless oik is also activated. Download oik from oik download

What does this plugin do?

It helps with the creation of a Privacy Policy page for your website. It provides sample text, which you can edit, then generates a WordPress page, adding it to your chosen menu. Checkboxes help you to easily select/deselect the content.

Can I deactivate the plugin when I've created my page?

YES. You can deactivate the plugin when you've generated your page. If you chose to retain the shortcodes in the sample text then you will still need to use the oik plugin.

From where did you get the sample privacy policy text?

The text was obtained from a document called Sample3_privacy_policy.doc, downloaded from Business Link's sample privacy policy page. Since May 2012 the page is no longer accessible. Download a PDF version from oik-plugins

The wording for the Cookie categories sections came from the ICC UK Cookie Guide. Download ICC UK Cookie Guide Second Edition November 2012

Is it OK to use this text?

Yes, but it needs additions for GDPR.

In May 2012, Business Link provided a number of samples. The introduction page for the Sample IT policies, disclaimers and notices page said: This guide gives sample wording for common internet-related statements and notices. It outlines the main issues that these notices should cover, which in turn will help you to write your own statements tailored to your business' needs. These sample internet policies and notices can be used and modified without copyright infringement.

You can still find this same text on NI Business Info - sample IT policies, disclaimers and notices

Which of the cookie categories do I need?

  1. Category 1 definitely. WordPress uses a number of cookies
  2. Category 2 if you use Google Analytics or similar
  3. Category 3 if you use cookies to remember user's choices
  4. Category 4 if you use targeting or advertising cookies
  • Note: For Category 2, 3 and 4 you need to obtain consent. For Categories 2 and 3 you can obtain consent by functional use.

How do I obtain consent for category 4 cookies?

I recommend using a WordPress plugin such as cookie-control or cookiecert-eu-cookie-directive or frankencookie

Where do I find the list of cookies my site uses?

You should do a cookie audit. Either use the cookie-cat plugin or perform a cookie audit. For more information on cookies that WordPress websites may use visit the cookie-cat website

Can this plugin generate other policies?

No. There's no need.

Where can I find more information?

oik-privacy-policy FAQs

Screenshots

    1. oik options - privacy policy: Introduction, effective from
    1. privacy policy: Cookie categories sections
    1. Preview: Cookie categories sections
    1. Generate page: set page title, choose menu
    1. Sample generated page: from What is a cookie?

Upgrade Notice

1.4.5

Tested with WordPress 5.9.3. Retrofitted some UK English translations to US English.

1.4.4

Update for WordPress 5.7 and PHP 8.0 support

1.4.3

Updated strings to match the UK English translation; mostly additional commas

1.4.2

Tested with PHPUnit 8 using WordPress 5.3.2 and WordPress Multi Site, PHP 7.3 and PHP 7.4

1.4.1

We recommend you deactivate this plugin. Use WordPress core functionality from now on.

1.4.0

Translation ready. Tested with WordPress 4.9.1 and WordPress Multisite. Please upgrade oik to v3.2.2.

1.3.3

Tested with WordPress 4.7.3 and WordPress Multisite. Tested with PHP 7.1

1.3.2

Tested with WordPress 4.6.

1.3.1

Tested with WordPress 4.4. Now dependent upon oik v2.5 or higher.

1.3

Tested with WordPress 4.0. Now dependent upon oik v2.2 or higher.

1.2

Now dependent upon oik base plugin v2.1 or higher for a localized version

1.1

Depends upon oik version 1.17 or higher.

1.0

Depends upon oik version 1.13 or higher.

Changelog

1.4.5

  • Fixed: Retrofitted some more UK English translations to US English source #7
  • Tested: With WordPress 5.9.3 and WordPress Multi Site
  • Tested: With PHPUnit 9
  • Tested: With PHP 8.0

1.4.4

  • Tested: With WordPress 5.7 and WordPress Multi Site
  • Tested: With PHPUnit 9
  • Tested: With PHP 8.0 and 74

1.4.3

  • Changed: Updated strings to match the UK English translations.,#7
  • Changed: Altered some strings to cater for a new automatic procedure for localization,#7
  • Tested: With WordPress 5.6 and WordPress Multi Site
  • Tested: With PHPUnit 8
  • Tested: With PHP 7.4

1.4.2

  • Changed: Update to test with PHPUnit 8,#6
  • Tested: With WordPress 5.3.2 and WordPress Multi Site

1.4.1

  • Added: Recommendation to use WordPress core privacy logic., #5
  • Added: Marked as Gutenberg compatible: No, #5
  • Changed: Now uses https for link to allaboutcookies.org
  • Changed: Now dependent upon oik v3.2.8, #5
  • Changed: Out of date FAQs
  • Tested: With Gutenberg 4.6.1
  • Tested: With WordPress 5.0

1.4.0

  • Changed: 100% translatable and localizable on WordPress.org #2
  • Changed: Dependent upon oik v3.2.2 #2
  • Fixed: W3C validator produces warnings about unmatched p end tags #3
  • Tested: With PHP 7.0 and 7.1
  • Tested: With WordPress 4.9.1 and WordPress Multisite

1.3.3

  • Tested: With WordPress 4.7.3 and WordPress Multisite
  • Tested: With PHP 7.1
  • Changed: Updated readme links
  • Changed: Used https: in links where these were known to work. Left others as http:

1.3.2

  • Fixed: Update the link to Google's Good to Know video #1
  • Tested: With WordPress 4.6 and Multisite

1.3.1

  • Changed: Dependent upon oik v2.5
  • Changed: Priority of response to "admin_notices" changed from 10 to 12.
  • Tested: with WordPress 4.4 and WordPress Multi-Site

1.3

  • Tested: With WordPress 3.9 through 4.0

1.2

  • Changed: Internationalized and created a localized version for the "bb_BB" locale
  • Changed: Now depends on oik version 2.1 or higher for i18n and l10n capability to take effect
  • Tested: With WordPress 3.8

1.1

  • Changed: Updated readme.txt - Business Link website has been redeveloped - samples still available from NI Business Info
  • Changed: Updated readme.txt - Use the cookie-cat plugin to create a table of cookies in your Privacy policy
  • Changed: Improved dependency checking using functions in a 'common' file ( admin/oik-activation.php )
  • Changed: Now responds to "oik_admin_menu" action.

1.0

  • initial version. Works with oik version 1.13 or higher

Further reading

If you want to read more about the oik plugins then please visit the oik plugin "the oik plugin - for often included key-information"