Does my Website Need a Privacy Policy?

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Do I really need a privacy policy for my website? If you’re starting any kind of new business, the answer is very likely to be yes.

Building a new company can be challenging. You have to follow many different processes and implementations all at once and it is easy for things like your privacy policy to get overlooked. However, with so many new data privacy regulations constantly changing and being updated, not including a privacy policy on your website can cause you a lot of troubles.


What is a privacy policy?

A privacy policy lets your visitors know what type of data you are collecting and what you’re doing with that data. It also usually provides information about how you are collecting data, your policy for storing customer data and how it is being stored.

It may also include information on who has access to your customers’ data. Visitors could request access to their data through the contact info provided.

Privacy policies often include the security policy you use to protect and safeguard the data collected by you or the vendors you use.

Ultimately, your privacy policy provides a safeguard for both you and your visitors. If you are collecting data from visitors, you should be transparent and tell them what you are doing, how you are doing it, and how it is being safeguarded.


What is a cookie policy?

The cookie policy is a section of the privacy policy dedicated to cookies. Cookies are able to track user behaviour and are therefore a potential privacy risk. A cookie policy should detail the purpose of the cookies’ installation, name the third parties who install or may install cookies through the website and provide links to said third parties’ respective privacy policy and possible consent forms.


Where do I put my privacy policy?

The most common location to put a link to your privacy policy is in the footer at the bottom of every page of your website.

It is important to include a link to your privacy policy if you ask users to share information with you to sign up for an account, a mailing list or similar service.


How do I get a privacy policy?

You should consult with a legal professional to determine what kind of policy your business needs.

However, there are privacy policy generators that often offer basic privacy policies for free (here is an example of a policy privacy generator that will help you create your privacy policy in minutes, Iubenda).  


Nothing in this article should be taken as legal advice. It is always advised to consult with a legal professional to ensure you comply with your local law.

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