Do I need a Privacy Policy on my website?

by | Mar 19, 2022 | Blog | 0 comments

No one reads a Privacy Policy or Terms & Conditions, why should I bother? When it comes to Privacy Policies, the short answer is because it’s THE LAW.

Psh! Rules are meant to be broken, aren’t they? Well, yeah…except when they could bring some hefty fines.

To be clear, the U.S. federal government has not laid down specific laws requiring you to have a privacy policy on your website, although it has set down laws governing privacy policies for specific situations, like the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). COPPA basically says if you collect personal data on kids, you have to have a privacy policy.

BUT…States have the freedom to create their own laws. California, for example, has a pretty strict privacy policy law that extends way out of CA state lines. It’s called CalOPPA (California Online Privacy Protection Act). CalOPPA’s main thing is that any website collecting personal data from California residents has a privacy policy on it.

Yeah, well, I don’t live in Cali. If you live in New York but someone from California clicks on your website and you collect their “personally identifiable information,” it applies to you. And by the way, CalOPPA says “personally identifiable information” is:

  • First and last names
  • Physical addresses
  • Email addresses
  • Phone numbers
  • Social Security numbers
  • Any other contact information shared with a business (online or physically)
  • Birthdates
  • Details of physical appearance (height, hair color, weight)
  • Any other information stored online that may identify an individual

 

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