In this digital age, you’ve likely ignored your fair share of privacy policies (they’re usually located at the bottom of the website), and there’s a pretty good chance that you completely glossed over it for your business too…no judgement here. So now that YOU have a website, you may be wondering:
- California Online Privacy Protection Act
- Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule
- Privacy Shield Framework
- EU General Data Protection Regulation
Another important piece of the puzzle is how you’re storing your customer data and for how long. Your policy should be clear on data possession and your timeline. Also, keep in mind, depending on where your company is located, you may need to include where the data is being stored.
Okay, stay with me, just a few more things…
Let’s talk about who has access to the customer’s data. Your policy should include information on if you share customer data with other companies or third parties, and if so, you should provide the customer with an easy way to opt-out. Finally, make sure that you include an outline of the security measures that you are taking to safeguard customer data, either by you or the vendors you use. Make sure that the policy is clear and explicit so that your consumers can actually understand it.
Wait, do I need to write this myself?!
Ultimately, this is your decision…I would write this myself because I am a lawyer, literally, I have my law degree. However, if you haven’t passed the bar yet, we have a couple of other options to consider:
- More money, less time? Consult a legal professional.
Don’t forget to check out the FTC’s website, which also has some great resources to get you on the right track.
And now, some legalese…
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