Data privacy has become more and more important in recent years. As a business owner with a website, there are certain laws you have to follow to protect both yourself as the business owner and people visiting your site. One of those laws is notifying users what personal information you collect from them and what you do with it. You do this with a Privacy Policy.

What Is a Privacy Policy?
A Privacy Policy is a notice you place on your website that outlines how your company stores, handles, and protects the personal information it collects from customers and visitors to its websites or mobile applications. It may also cover interactions that involve personal information collected offline. Regardless of how you collect customer data, the Privacy Policy is where consumers curious about your company’s data practices and procedures should find answers to their questions.

Do I Need a Privacy Policy?
If you collect personal information from site users, the answer is “yes”. Privacy policies are needed to comply with federal regulations and local laws regarding data protection. “Personal information” includes everything from users’ names and email addresses to their IP addresses and device types. In other words, data collection practices that do not overtly collect private data may still be collecting personal information from website visitors using technology. Noncompliance could result in costly fines from local governments or the Federal Trade Commission.

Where Does The Privacy Policy Go?
Your Privacy Policy should be linked somewhere on your website. Most of the time it’s linked at the very bottom. Go to any major website, scroll to the bottom, and you’ll see their Privacy Policy. Click on it and it will tell you exactly what personal information that site is collecting from you and what is done with it.

How Do I Get A Privacy Policy?
Check out our Privacy Policy Template in our DIY Templates Shop! You can download it, customize it for your business, and post it to your website today!