Privacy settings if I'm not collecting information?

Hello again, friends!

Question about privacy settings. I maintain a few sites for my own business and projects that are purely informational; I don’t gather any information*, do any tracking, or anything like that. *—Unless they fill in my contact form, of course.

Circumstances led me to using the DuckDuckGo browser on my iPhone for a bit, and I noticed that my sites take a big hit on their privacy grade because of “unknown privacy practices.”

So I’m curious … If I turn on “enable privacy support,” what would be the best settings and what sort of legal text to indicate that I’m not collecting any private information from viewers?

And … it seems like I’d need to set a cookie to confirm viewers acknowledging that I don’t use cookies? XD Amusing.

Thanks, any input on this would be appreciated!

I wouldn’t read too much into the DuckDuckGo grading, searching around I found:

apparently all websites get a letter deduction for “unknown privacy practices” until DDG reviews them — and they’ve only reviewed the big players

I don’t know how accurate this is, but it sounds reasonable. There certainly isn’t a machine readable standard for a website to declare what privacy policies it adopts, and there most definitely isn’t any way to automatically ensure the policy is well meaning, let alone respected by the company.

Sparkle’s privacy support will ensure your site visitors aren’t exposed to tracking cookies until they accept the cookie banner, and presumably click through to the privacy policy page. Sparkle does this by preventing load of all social elements and embed content where the “activate after consent” checkbox is on.

Setting the cookie is ridiculous but the only way to not ask over and over. It’s a “technical cookie” so not subject to the usual policies.

Saying what you do with the emailed information is something that needs to be covered in a privacy policy. Your web server also collects visitor records, your contract with your web hosting provider probably puts the burden for that on you.

With all that said, you should ask a lawyer for a privacy policy, no advice given here is of any use if you get to a point where the privacy practices are challenged legally.