These are great questions!
Data protection is becoming a huge deal, and not only for big businesses– taking privacy seriously is mission-critical for small businesses and non-profits.
A quick web search will tell you that there is a lot of information out there about website privacy and data protection. It can be pretty overwhelming. Today I’d like to dig a little deeper into website privacy and help you make an informed decision about your website policies.
Important: Please note that this article is purely for educational purposes, and should not be considered legal advice.
Privacy policies usually include the following information:
- The type of information you gather from them when they visit your website or perform a specific action (like filling out a contact form).
- The purpose of collecting this information.
- How you keep this information safe.
There may be additional policy requirements depending on your industry, location, or your website visitors. Other info may include telling your users where you store their information, and for how long you store the info.
When your business is straightforward about its data collection practices, it protects both you & your site visitors.
Generally speaking, being transparent with your website users builds your brand integrity. As more & more people begin to safeguard their personal information, keeping them aware of your practices helps them to trust that you care about their privacy as much as they do.
USA: California Online Privacy Act
EU: General Data Protection Regulation
Canada: Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act
My Country or State Doesn't Have Privacy Laws; Do I Still Need a Policy?
While your particular jurisdiction may not have any specific laws in place (yet), you are likely required to follow the laws governing the location of your website visitor. In other words, if you have visitors from California, you need to follow California’s privacy laws. Similarly, if you have visitors from the EU, UK, Candana, or Australia, you should comply with those laws.
What is PII?
PII is data that can be used to identify a particular person. Examples of such info are:
- Full name
- Email address
- Phone number
- Date of birth
- Mother’s maiden name
- Credit card number
Does My Website Collect PII?
Most websites collect Personally Identifiable Information. Here are some common ways PII is collected on a site:
- Contact form submissions
- Allowing users to set-up user accounts (most WordPress sites have this feature)
- Using cookies or other tracking mechanisms like Google Analytics or installing a Facebook Pixel.
- Allowing visitors to make a purchase or online transaction.
Hire An Attorney
Bear in mind that privacy laws evolve, so if you do hire an attorney, you’ll need to have them revisit your policy regularly to make sure it stays up-to-date. When done correctly, this can be very expensive.
Find a Free Template Online
There is no shortage of free privacy policies that you can find online. Some of these templates may be good, and it is undoubtedly a very budget-friendly option.
But, be aware that sometimes you get what you pay for. When using a free online template, the policy information may not be complete or accurate.
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I can’t tell you the peace of mind I have, knowing that I have the experts at Termageddon keeping my Privacy Policies updated!
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