Everything You Need to Know About a Privacy Policy

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What is a Privacy Policy?

A Privacy Policy is a document that notifies visitors about your collection, storage, and use of their personal information.

Wait, I don’t collect any personal information on my website, do I?

More than likely you do. This is done typically through subscriptions, contact forms, or links to social media apps., etc. Additionally, if you sell anything on your website then you collect credit card information, names, addresses, etc.

Why are Privacy Policies a big deal?

Because you need to be in compliance with the law. Privacy and data laws are regulated by the FTC and individual states. If you are found not in compliance, you can be fined or even worse, sued.

How often should I update my privacy policy?

As often as needed to stay in compliance. This is typically annually. Most major law changes go into effect January 1 of the following year. This gives people a chance to catch up. Your privacy policy should always include a revision date and have the most up to date provisions according to that date.

What is the CCPA?

The California Consumer Privacy Act requires businesses to make affirmative disclosures to California residents in either their online privacy policy or a California-specific description of consumers’ privacy rights. If you have a US based site, your Privacy Policy should be CCPA compliant.

What is the GDPR?

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. It’s a new set of rules designed to give EU citizens more control over their personal data. So if your website has or may have EU visitors and shoppers, your Privacy Policy should be GDPR compliant.

I just saw a free Privacy Policy on the internet will that work?

Maybe. There are certain things that a Privacy Policy must include and then there are more things that it should include to be maximally enforceable. When you download these free things, you don’t know who wrote them or if the policy you’re getting is up to date. Once people put free things out there, they tend to leave them there, then go on with their business.

Ok, so where can I find a Privacy Policy for my website?

Luckily, I’ve drafted an up to date, CCPA and GDPR compliant Privacy Policy and you can find it here. It is only $99.99. It’s also included in my Website Legal Bundle™ along with a Website Terms of Use and Disclaimer, two other forms you also must have on your website. You can find it here.

from the lawyer next door,
Crystallace Fenn

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