Do I Need A Website Policy?

You Probably Do
Need A Website Policy

The answer depends on where your site is located and what your site is about. The general rule is that you need, at the least, a Privacy Policy especially now that the GDPR is in effect. The General Data Protection Regulation, although of European origin, has become a standard for most all countries; and, violation of its terms can result in serious penalties.

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Data_Protection_Regulation)

Privacy and Cookie Policies are Standard

Legally, it is often mandated that a site needs both a Privacy Policy and a “Cookies” Policy that warns visitors that the site uses technology that collects information about them and, to some extent, tracks what they do on a site.

The Privacy Policy

A Privacy Policy basically discloses some, or all, of the ways your site gathers information regarding the visitor. Information can be gathered by various means such as through the use of “cookies”, signup forms, and any other method whereby the visitor inputs personal information. Your policy should remove any doubts the customer has about the security and use of personal information provided while doing business with you.

In a sense, it tells the visitor how you observe their interaction with your site. It mentions what the site collects, how the information is collected, and what becomes of it. Furthermore, transparency and full disclosure are intended to instill confidence in the visitor that you will not abuse their trust. It will also protect your site from a variety of legal issues that result in lawsuits.

Personally Identifiable Information

The Privacy Policy discusses how your site gathers and stores Personally Identifiable Information (PII). Personal information includes items such as Name, Address, Email Address, Telephone Numbers, Social Security Numbers, Race, Religion, Education, Occupation, and many more that are of a personal nature.

More Policies Are Necessary

Truthfully, most all sites need more website policies than just a “Privacy Policy”. The following list indicates other types of policies placed on websites that intend, not only to reassure the visitor about what goes on within the site but more importantly are constructed to protect the site from a variety of legal issues and lawsuits.

A List of Typical Website Policies

Terms of Use Policy

Anti-Spam Policy

Privacy Policy

California Privacy Rights

Cookie Policy

Children’s Online Privacy Policy (COPPA)

Facebook Policy

Linking Policy

External Links Policy

Refund Policy

Digital Goods Refund Policy

Disclaimers (Earnings, Medical, Legal, etc.)

Disclosure (Advertising, Confidentiality, Testimonials, Affiliate, etc.)

Copyright

Digital Millennium Copyright Act

And more …

Read the related posts to learn more about how to construct your policies and where you can get them created for free or low cost.

Help Is Available
When Creating Website Policies

For many, the development of website policies is difficult for a few reasons, such as not knowing what to say or why to say it, the lack of legal skills, an inability to comprehend legal terminology and concepts, and limited financial resources available to pay for professional services.

Visit These Links

Here is a list of sites offering assistance with the development of various website policies.

Visit IUBENDA for a variety of policy generation options and tools.

How to Create a Website Privacy Policy

Website Policies

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