- What personal information your website collects from users.
- How you use their personal information.
- How you keep their personal information safe.
What is considered ‘personal information’ will depend on policies and laws which vary by country.
For example, here in Maine data privacy laws are more lenient than California. There, they have the strict California Online Privacy Protection Act.
The catch is that even if you operate from another state like Maine, if you collect data on anyone in California you need to abide by their laws. As you may imagine, laws fluctuate even greater in other countries.
In many locations personal information includes names, email addresses, browser cookies, and IP addresses. This information is valuable for companies, marketers, and even the government.
Does my website need one?
- You use a third-party service like Google Analytics. Most (if not all) services that collect information from your users require you to include a privacy on your website.
If you decide privacy policies aren’t for you, it’s quite possible you’ll be in for a rude awakening.
Basically, you risk getting sued and paying fines.
What should mine include?
- Your business name, location, and contact information.
- Which information is collected.
- How you’re collecting this information.
- What you use their information for.
- If it is optional for them to share their information with you.
- If possible, how they can reject your website’s tracking.
- Third-party services your website uses to collect information.
Visit this website for a list of privacy laws by country and region.