Have You Created A P3P Privacy Policy?

In most regions a privacy policy is required and if you run AdSense on your site, you are now required to have a privacy policy implemented. Check out my previous post about the new AdSense Privacy Policy rules for more details.

Here’s a sample of my privacy policy if you are interested. I don’t make any guarantees that it will work for you, but it’s a start.

There’s also something called a P3P Privacy Policy, the details of which I’ll leave for another time. Basically, if you run an affiliate program your cookies may not set with Internet Explorer 6.0 unless you have a P3P Privacy Policy set up.

IBM has a free P3P Policy Editor but it has a lot of options and may confuse a newbie. I haven’t been able to find any other good free policy editors so if you know of any, please post them in the comments.

I did find one for $35.00 (US) that seems pretty good – P3Pwriter Real Time Privacy Policy Editor

Simply put, it created my human readable privacy policy. It is recommended to create the privacy policy in a sub directory off your home page called w3c. Example: http://www.vacation-rental-wonderland.com/w3c/privacy.php

The p3p xml file is then created, and finally the machine readable XML Policy File; that’s it for files you need to add.

The final step is making sure these files get called in to your header file.

There are a few ways to do this. Since my site runs on PHP, the easiest way for me to do it would be to put the privacy policy in an include file on my web page. It should be the very first line of code, with no spaces above it, and before the <head> or doctype tag.

Below are examples of what it should look like. This particular one is for my privacy policy declarations, but yours should look similar.

header(‘P3P: policyref=”http://www.vacation-rental-wonderland.com//w3c/p3p.xml”‘)

and

header(“P3P: CP=\”DSP CAO CUR ADM DEV TAI PSA PSD IVD IVA HIS CONo TELo OUR DELo SAMo OTRo UNRo IND NAV COM INT PHY DEM UNI ONL\””)

The second one can be a little complicated, so it’s nice to have an “off the shelf” program to do it.

Use this header check utility to make sure it worked.

Good luck!

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