How to Add a Privacy Policy to a WooCommerce Store

Last updated on 09 May 2022 by Chris Meabe (Legal writer at TermsFeed)

How to Add a Privacy Policy to a WooCommerce Store

If your website engages in eCommerce, it legally needs a Privacy Policy. People who run WooCommerce stores engage in eCommerce whenever they make a sale.

If that's surprising to you, make sure to read this article carefully. It will give you all the instructions you need to put together your WooCommerce Privacy Policy and add it to your store as a part of your users' checkout experience.

Our Privacy Policy Generator makes it easy to create a Privacy Policy for your business. Just follow these steps:

  1. At Step 1, select the Website option or App option or both.
  2. TermsFeed Privacy Policy Generator: Create Privacy Policy - Step 1

  3. Answer some questions about your website or app.
  4. TermsFeed Privacy Policy Generator: Answer questions about website - Step 2

  5. Answer some questions about your business.
  6. TermsFeed Privacy Policy Generator: Answer questions about business practices  - Step 3

  7. Enter the email address where you'd like the Privacy Policy delivered and click "Generate."

    TermsFeed Privacy Policy Generator: Enter your email address - Step 4

    You'll be able to instantly access and download your new Privacy Policy.



What is a Privacy Policy?

A Privacy Policy is a legal agreement that lays out what user data you collect, how you use it, how you store it, and who else can access it (if anyone). It's an agreement between you and your users about how you'll treat their data if they use your website.

For example, you might use cookies on your website. A Privacy Policy would explain what the cookies are being used for, whether users can opt out of them, and how to opt out. In some cases, explaining these kinds of practices is actually required by law.

Why Do You Need a Privacy Policy?

You need a Privacy Policy because they are useful for your users, they're beneficial in the case of a disagreement between you and a user, and they're legally required for people who run WooCommerce stores.

Privacy Policies serve a number of important uses for eCommerce stores. For example, they can provide instructions for users on how to opt out of certain forms of data collection like cookies. They can also provide information about how that data is collected and what you're doing with it.

By providing those answers, they also help the store's owner out. Users whose questions are answered with a few minutes of reading are less likely to reach out individually.

Your Privacy Policy can also help you out if a user brings a privacy issue to you. Your policy is an agreement users consent to when they use your website. It can be an important piece of evidence if users threaten legal action and can even dissuade them from taking that action.

Perhaps the most important purpose of a Privacy Policy is the way it helps you fulfill certain eCommerce privacy laws.

Laws like the GDPR in the EU and certain states' online privacy laws put requirements on eCommerce sites to divulge what information they collect and how they collect it. Your Privacy Policy can meet those requirements and help you avoid the potentially costly impacts of not complying with privacy laws.

How Do You Add a Privacy Policy to a WooCommerce Store?

Adding a Privacy Policy to your WooCommerce store is a pretty simple process.

Step 1: Create a Privacy Policy Page

First, you need to create a new page for your Privacy Policy. You can do this exactly the same way that you'd make any other new page on your site.

  1. Select Pages and then Add New:
  2. TermsFeed WP.com website: Dashboard menu Pages - Add New

  3. Once you've created the page itself, you need to fill it with your actual Privacy Policy text.

    If you want to write your own Privacy Policy and are having trouble coming up with the text you need, you can always check out our guide on how to write a Privacy Policy. It should give you the essentials for putting together a policy that fits your needs.

    If you do not have a Privacy Policy, you can use our Privacy Policy Generator and create it within minutes.

    Next, we'll show how you can easily just copy-paste text from our generator into your WP website

    Go to our TermsFeed generators app and log in. In the header menu, choose Agreements & Policies, and on your Privacy Policy card click on the Download button.

  4. On download page, scroll to the Copy your Privacy Policy section and click on the Copy this to clipboard button:
  5. TermsFeed App: Privacy Policy Download page - Copy your Privacy Policy section highlighted

  6. When done, click Publish (twice):
  7. TermsFeed WP.com website: Privacy Policy page - Publish option highlighted

Your privacy Policy page is created now, and now you need to connect your newly created page with Woocommerce.

Step 2: Connect Newly Created Privacy Policy Page with your WooCommerce Store

Now that you have a Privacy Policy, all you need to do is link to it from your checkout page.

Where to place your Privacy Policy is an important decision, and certain laws like the GDPR require you to make your Privacy Policy readily available and easy to access. Linking to it from your checkout page is one way to meet that requirement.

  1. First, navigate to your Dashboard and go to the Settings page:
  2. TermsFeed WordPress WooCommerce: Dashboard menu Settings - Privacy selected highlighted

  3. When the editor opens, go to the dropdown menu to select the page:
  4. TermsFeed WordPress WooCommerce: Privacy editor - Dropdown menu option highlighted

  5. Select the newly created Privacy Policy page from the dropdown menu:
  6. TermsFeed WordPress WooCommerce: Privacy editor - Dropdown menu with selected newly added Privacy Policy page highlighted

  7. Click the Use This Page button:
  8. TermsFeed WordPress WooCommerce: Privacy editor - Use this page button highlighted

  9. Then go to WooCommerce > Settings:
  10. TermsFeed WordPress WooCommerce: WooCommerce menu - Settings selected highlighted

  11. Click on Accounts & Privacy in the header menu:
  12. TermsFeed WordPress WooCommerce: WooCommerce menu - Settings - Account and Privacy menu highlighted

  13. When the page opens, you'll see under Privacy Policy section that the registration and checkout Privacy Policy short code is already added:
  14. TermsFeed WordPress WooCommerce: WooCommerce menu - Account and Privacy - Privacy Policy section with options highlighted

  15. Now you have your Privacy Policy linked on the WooCommerce checkout page:
  16. TermsFeed WordPress WooCommerce: WooCommerce - checkout page with Privacy Policy text added highlighted

You're done!

Want more?

Check our videos on our YouTube channel and learn how to link pages on WordPress by using Menus and Widgets:

  • How to Link to a Privacy Policy URL using Menus on WordPress
  • How to Link to a Privacy Policy URL using Widgets on WordPress

Bonus tip:

Download your Privacy Policy in multiple file formats:

TermsFeed App: Privacy Policy Download page - Download your Privacy Policy in multiple formats option

Scroll down and click on the "Generate files" button to download your Privacy Policy in multiple formats:

  • HTML
  • DOCX
  • Plain Text
  • MarkDown

Adding a Privacy Policy to your WooCommerce store will keep your store compliant with laws and help keep your customers informed.

As you can see, it's easy to create a Privacy Policy and just as easy to add it to your WooCommerce store using our Privacy Policy Generator and the simple steps above.

Create Privacy Policy, Terms & Conditions and other legal agreements in a few minutes. Free to use, free to download.

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Chris Meabe

Chris Meabe

Legal writer at TermsFeed

This article is not a substitute for professional legal advice. This article does not create an attorney-client relationship, nor is it a solicitation to offer legal advice.