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Creating Cohesive Privacy Policies For Your Website

Every website needs a privacy policy describing the types of information it collects, how it is used, how it is shared, how it is stored, and how it is protected. I have written hundreds of privacy policies for e-commerce sites. My name is Andrew M. Jaffe, and I am an e-commerce and Internet lawyer.

At Andrew M. Jaffe, Attorney at Law, my privacy policies include language that will limit your liability for a data breach. You need to know how to avoid a data breach, as that is the biggest concern of any website today. A data breach will cost your website no less than $100,000 and possibly more. Whenever I write documents for a client, I go through them with the client section by section so that they will understand exactly what their obligations are to the customer as well as what the visitor’s obligations are to them.

What Is A Privacy Policy?

A privacy policy is a document that explains how an organization collects, handles, stores, and protects users’ personal information. It typically addresses:

  • The types of data collected
  • The purpose of data collection and data sharing practices
  • The user’s rights regarding their personal information

This transparency fosters trust with your visitors and complies with legal requirements.

Why do I need a privacy policy for my website?

Having a privacy policy for your website is crucial for compliance with data protection laws, which mandate transparency about your data practices. It reassures visitors that their personal information is handled securely. Additionally, it’s a standard for online businesses, as third-party services, like Google Analytics or online payment gateways, often require a privacy policy to use their services.

Where do I get a website privacy policy?

You can obtain a website privacy policy by creating one yourself or consulting with an e-commerce attorney. Drafting it yourself can be challenging without legal knowledge. It can also expose you to a great deal of liability. For a thorough, tailored legal policy, you should go to an internet lawyer.

What laws require me to have a privacy policy?

While there is currently no federal law directly regulating the privacy policy, the regulations contained in other laws affect your website. Until recently, almost all laws concerning privacy originated in California – with the exception of information about children under 13 regulated by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), financial information regulated by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and health care information regulated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Now, all 50 states have data breach laws that include privacy regulations, and over a dozen states have their own privacy laws. Individual jurisdictions have their own regulations, making it important to understand the laws applicable to your website’s audience.

Get Assistance From An Ohio E-Commerce Lawyer

Are you interested in having an experienced Internet attorney make a comprehensive privacy policy for your website? Please contact me today. There is no charge for an initial consultation, and it is covered by attorney-client privilege. To reach my law office, please call toll-free at 855-445-5586 or send me an email.