Privacy policy

A privacy policy is a document that explains how an organization handles their customer, client or employee’s information in its operations.

Most websites make their privacy policies available on their sites for visitors.  A privacy page should specify their any customer’s information that is gathered, such as name, address and credit card number.

The policy should disclose if data may be shared with or sold to third parties and do so. There is no agreement to whether or not privacy policies are legally binding and no consistency in any implementation.  In the United States, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) promotes to implement thier existing laws and industry self-regulation. Generally for  (FTC), data breaches are not sufficient for legal action if there is no loss of money associated with the breach.  Often, the first statement found in an online privacy policy is one to the effect that, by visiting the web page you agree to the details of the site’s privacy policy.

Most countries have privacy laws that require you to include a privacy policy – a statement of your data collection as a disclosing service to your visitors or users – as a website owner or app developer. It’s important to think that this is a global phenomenon and there are mostly a few similar criterions that trigger such a requirement.

Usually the trigger is the collection or sharing of personal information like names, emails, images or any other means of identifying a returning user (the way ad networks serve targeted advertising for example).Top of Form

Is It Necessary?

A privacy policy isn’t just about telling your users what they can expected from your website, products, and services. It’s about protecting you against potential accountability that could arise from those aspects. More than the actual consequences of not having a privacy policy, it also helps to legitimize your website’s authority if you have one. It just comes parts and parcel with having a successful online business.