Do you have, or are you building a website?
Why do I need one?
Without one, your site violates Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules that require websites with user data to post clear notifications about how that data is collected and used. You can get into some serious trouble if someone files a complaint against your business for not having one on file. Don’t let this happen! We help ensure your site complies with federal regulations while protecting your customers’ personal information at all times. Let us take care of this headache for you today!
You must follow the laws of whichever region to which you do business or aim your services. There is no federal law that dictates privacy policies across all 50 states. Yet, some regions have regulations on handling minors’ data and requiring consent for cookies, so it’s essential to be compliant with local rules!
- Site/app owner details.
- Disclosures related to third-party access to the data.
- What data is being collected, how, and why.
- Disclosure of your process for notifying users of changes/ updates to your policy.
- The effective date of the policy.
The most important thing to remember is that a simple policy, such as this one, will only apply to businesses that sell to and process data from local customers, and even then, the policy may still be subject to state laws requiring additional information to be disclosed.
It’s worth noting that simply following minimal guidelines can be hazardous since they may not comply with third-party standards and, in rare cases, may even expose you to potential lawsuits or fines. So instead, it’s best to start by following the most stringent rules and removing any provisions that aren’t relevant.
The laws surrounding how your business handles customer data can be tricky. Many companies rely on a general policy framework, such as the EU Data Protection Directive, to provide them with some protection and guidance in this area of law. However, other issues must be considered for each country where they do business or process transactions from customers who reside within those borders (state).
The main difference between these two different approaches lies in what should go into an organization’s policies; rather than focusing solely on national perspectives like Canada vs. the USA, we need also take into account local legal requirements: state versus federal.
How do I get one?
DIY or Outsource:
These generators work well, but you’ll need to customize the information for your company.
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Ok, I have one, now what?
Some people place it on a separate sub-domain, like “privacy.yoursite.com.” This practice is frowned upon by Google and other search engines because they prefer all content to be visible, well-linked, and properly structured to ensure a seamless experience for the user.
The great thing about privacy policies is that, unless your business type changes or you start using different methods of using visitor data, the page doesn’t need to be updated all that frequently.
Transitional web design does not provide legal advice, everything in this article has been found from our professional experience. When in doubt, consult a lawyer.