How to Write a Blog Disclaimer for 2018

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Every blog needs some form of blog disclaimer if you are collecting and storing personal visitor information on your website.

A disclaimer is “generally any statement intended to specify or delimit the scope of rights and obligations that may be exercised and enforced by parties in a legally recognized relationship. In contrast to other terms for legally operative language, the term disclaimer usually implies situations that involve some level of uncertainty, waiver, or risk. (via Wikipedia)” 

That's the fancy definition.

In normal language, it's a statement to let people know what to expect.

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How to Write a Blog Disclaimer

Most people don't refer to Privacy Policies as “blog disclaimers” but that's exactly what they are.

Privacy Policy is a more common term that you've probably heard to describe a blog disclaimer.  It's usually a page on a website that lists out all the terms of use.  This helps visitors know exactly what type of information you're collecting about them and what you do with that information.

Do you really need a privacy policy?

If you treat your blog as a business, meaning you make money in some way (ads, affiliate, sales, email marketing) you should have a privacy policy.

It's good legal practice.

There are four main regulations in the U.S. that require a privacy policy:

  1. California Online Privacy Protection Act
  2. Privacy Shield
  3. EU General Data Protection Regulation (effective May 2018)
  4. Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule

If you are simply blogging to write about your life or experiences and you don't collect emails, you don't sell stuff, you don't use ads, or anything like that you probably don't need a privacy policy or blog disclaimer.

Auto-Generated Privacy Policies

Privacy Policies can be stressful to write out by yourself.  You want to make sure you include all the proper wordage to avoid any legal ramifications down the road.  That's why online privacy policy generators exist.

They write your blog disclaimer for you, after you put in the information.

For this blog I used to automatically get my blog disclaimer.  I then simply copied and pasted the text into a new page on my WordPress blog.  Took about 5 minutes.

There many privacy policy generators online that will write it for you for a small fee.  It's probably going to cost you $20 or so to do it this way, but it's low stress and easy.

Write Your Own Blog Disclaimer

If you don't want to pay to get a blog disclaimer, you can write one yourself.  Just make sure that you include all the key points of a privacy policy.

  1. What type of personal information do you collect?

Do you collect personal information (names, emails, address)?  How you collect usage or analytics data using Google Analytics or other tracking software?  Do you use cookies to track affiliate links or or store IP address info?

2. What do you do with the information you collect?

Why do you collect personal info? Do you sell products and need customer info? Do you sell affiliate programs? You want to make it clear why you collect the info you do and what you do with it.

3. Who do you share data with?

If you share personal information with other people or services you should disclose that in writing.

4. You will keep data secure

You want to make it clear that you will protect user data as best as you can, but there is always a chance of a breach.  Make sure users understand that risk.

5. Ability to change or update user info

You need to give users the ability to remove, change, or update their info that you store whenever they want.

6. Freedom to make changes to the policy

Let users know you can change or update your privacy policy and you will notify them if necessary.

A few other things you can include:

Some other things you can include in your blog disclaimer to be safe are:

  • What is the nature of your website and what do you do?
  • The content on your website is opinion and not fact.
  • Content is for information or entertainment purposes and should not be treated as advice.
  • You are not a professional (unless you are, then you state you are.)
  • Even if you are a professional state that this blog is not for advice and readers should consult an outside professional.

If there is anything else that you write about or do on your blog it wouldn't hurt to include mention of it in your blog disclaimer to be safe.  It's always better to be safe than sorry!

Blog disclaimers aren't very difficult to create and they help protect you personally in case anyone has concerns with their personal information.  It's always best practice to include a Privacy Policy page on your blog just to be safe.Join our Facebook GroupHow to write a Privacy Policy or blog disclaimer for your blog. Keep your blog safe and protect personal information using a Privacy Policy.