Two questions please:
(1) I need information about cookies – a lot of sites have the pop-up about opting out of cookies. How do I know if I need that for my site?
Great questions, Lori!
As you know, cookies are tiny bits of data that are created and stored as text files when websites load. A cookie contains information that is collected about website visitors. Cookies have different purposes, such as providing personalized user experiences or displaying ads, and depending on which plugin(s) you’ve installed and activated on your site, many of them may utilize cookies in order to function.
Every website that collects user data should have cookie consent banners or privacy notices. Since the GDPR went into effect on May 25, 2018, websites are now responsible for communicating how they collect, use, and store information by setting fines for non-compliance.
WordPress does provide a little guidance for you. If you go to: Settings > Privacy, you’ll find a simple tool that allows you to specify the page you’ve created to serve as your Privacy page.
Hope this helps!