Why do you need a strong Data Protection Policy for your website?

06 Sep 2017 | By Jish

Topics: strong Data Protection Policy


In a world where ransomware, phishing and denial of service attacks are more common, the rising necessity to develop and bring forth strong data protection policies for every website is the need of the hour. Even after many cyber-attacks and large data breaches occured, many websites still don’t have a data protection policy in place to let your users know how their data is used and protected.  

What exactly is a Privacy Policy?

A privacy policy is a document that discloses to your website visitors or users;

  1. What you will do with any information gathered about them?
  2. How you are gathering that information and,
  3. How the information will be stored, managed and protected?

The data policy fulfils a legal requirement in many countries & jurisdictions to protect your user's privacy.

And, if you think your website don’t need a data policy, since you don’t collect any personal data from users, you may be wrong! Check here, how you be collecting your users data knowingly or unknowingly.

How you collect user’s Personal Data?

If you still run a website in 2017, you almost certainly collect personal data - even if you are unaware of it. And ignorance is no excuse for complying with the law.

Any website that...

  • Tracks visitor numbers (e.g., Google Analytics)
  • Collects any personal data (e.g., email addresses for a newsletter)
  • Shows advertising (e.g., Google AdSense)
  • Takes online payments (Like PayPal or credit cards)
  • Uses cookies
  • Has user accounts

...needs to tell their users how their data is being used, stored and processed.

Data often collected includes:-

  • Names & addresses
  • Email addresses
  • Phone numbers
  • IP address (e.g., via hosting logs)
  • Geo location data

These criteria applies to almost every website running in 2017. And that's exactly why your website needs a privacy policy.

How can you create a Privacy policy?

Generating a privacy policy for your website can be confusing and time-consuming. It is all the more worse to hire an attorney to do the same thing which will likely cost you £800+.

There's no one-size-fits-all policy template and your privacy policy needs to be tailored to your website to do the job right. Either, you should create your own privacy policy or hire an outside agency to do the same job in a cost effective manner.  

Why Every Website Needs a Privacy Policy?

Many countries have laws that require you to tell your users how you process and handle their personal data. The simplest way to do that is with a privacy policy.

Ignoring the law whether in US or EU could be inviting you a civil lawsuit, an eye-bulging sum of fine or in extreme cases, even criminal prosecution.

Based in another country? You can still get in trouble, if you have US or EU users.

Conclusion

It may seem like overkill to create a complete privacy policy if you’re just collecting names and email addresses for your monthly newsletter. But, in the Age of Information, it’s important to respect the importance of personal data and the privacy rights of your website users. Being transparent about how you collect and protect data will not only keep you out of trouble with the law, but will also help to establish trust with your audience.

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