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Do You Need a Privacy Policy for Your Website?

privacy policyThe short answer to this question is yes. Everyone with a website needs a privacy policy. No matter what kind of business you are, you need a privacy policy. Even if you don’t sell any items on your website, you still need it. In this blog, we explain why. [1]


It’s the Law

There are privacy laws around the world that state that if you collect information on your visitors, you must notify them that you are doing so. Some of the common information collected on visitors includes:

  • Name
  • Location
  • Email address
  • IP address
  • Date of birth

A good privacy policy will inform your readers of what information you are collecting and why you are using it. It should also notify visitors of any affiliations you are part of and your policy regarding cookie use. [2]

Whether You Realize It or Not, Your Website Is Collecting Data

For some organizations that offer only an informational website, it might be tempting to skip creating a privacy policy. With no newsletter signups and no sales, what information could you possibly be collecting? Although you may not be intentionally collecting information, if your site has Google Analytics or AdSense running on your website, these programs are collecting information.

You Could Be Sued

Another great reason to post a privacy policy on your website is because you could be sued if you do not. With all of the different ways to collect information on your website’s visitors, it is most likely that you are collecting their data. Just let them know what you’re doing and why, and you could avoid a potential lawsuit.

Do You Need Help Regarding Your Website’s Privacy Policy?

Whether you have been sued for not disclosing your privacy policy or whether you need help creating one for your website, J. Muir & Associates can help. Our business attorneys can help you, no matter what situation you’re in. Give us a call today at 786-533-1100 or contact us online to ask any questions you might have about website privacy policies.

 

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