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No Such Thing as a Standard Privacy Policy


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You might think you can simply copy and paste a Privacy Policy from another business and make it your own. Or, that there's one standard Privacy Policy you can use

This simply isn't the case for a number of important reasons.

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No Such Thing as a Standard Privacy Policy

  1. 1. No Such Thing as a “Standard” Privacy Policy
  2. 2. A Privacy Policy is legally required for almost every website, regardless of where the business is located. Laws in the US and around the world require it whenever personal information is collected or used.
  3. 3. It might be tempting to save time and money by copying another website’s Privacy Policy. However, don’t do it. Here’s why you shouldn’t:
  4. 4. Every business needs a unique Privacy Policy written for the unique nature of the business. *** A Privacy Policy clearly explains how you collect and handle personal consumer data.
  5. 5. What is personal data? The U.S. Department of Defense defines it this way:
  6. 6. Taking the time to fully assess all of the types of personal and trackable data you collect online is the first step in creating a unique Privacy Policy.
  7. 7. Every Privacy Policy should have a clause that covers what data is collected. However, your clause may be drastically different from that of a different business. Look at how different the following three clauses are:
  8. 8. You must disclose your unique methods of collecting personal information.
  9. 9. Your Privacy Policy must let users know how your business uses the information it collects. While some uses will be almost universal, such as email marketing, you may have very unique practices that need to be disclosed.
  10. 10. For many businesses, a legally compliant Privacy Policy can be extensive. For others, it may be much shorter. It all depends on your own practices.
  11. 11. When creating your custom Privacy Policy, consider: Your unique data collection and use practices Your type of business Your workforce Your geographic reach The online platforms you use Your social presence and accounts Your customers
  12. 12. Do not copy and paste someone else’s Privacy Policy as your own. Take the time to analyze your business, your customers and your third parties. Then, create a unique Privacy Policy specific for your unique business.