PRIVACY POLICY & TERMS OF SERVICE

How to Create a Privacy Policy and Terms of Service

Online privacy is evolving and changing every day, and it’s imperative that every site owner is aware of what they need to post to be compliant. Did you know that if you have even a basic website, you have to comply with privacy laws such as the CPRA, GDPR, UK DPA, CalOPPA, PIPEDA, and more? Especially if you conduct online sales.

Having a privacy policy on your website is crucial for several reasons. First, it builds trust with your visitors by demonstrating your commitment to protecting their personal information. In an age where online privacy concerns are constant, a clear and comprehensive privacy policy assures users that their data will be handled responsibly. Additionally, many jurisdictions require websites to have a privacy policy by law, and failing to comply can result in legal action.

What is a privacy policy?

A privacy policy outlines what type of data you collect, how it is used, and whether it is shared with third parties, providing transparency and empowering users to make informed decisions about their online interactions. Ultimately, a privacy policy not only helps protect your users but also safeguards your business from potential legal issues and fosters a positive online reputation.

Okay, where do I start?

One service I always recommend to my clients is Termageddon. Founded by husband and wife team Hans Skillrud (techie) and Donata Stroink (attorney), their initial vision was to provide privacy policies that automatically updated when the laws change…which is often! In addition to auto-updating privacy policies, Termageddon now provides a suite of apps including an auto-updating Terms of Service, End User License Agreement, and Cookie Policy, complete with a cookie consent tool you can put on your site.

I recommend Termageddon for many reasons: 1. it’s super easy to setup, 2. they have amazing support, and 3. it’s affordable for all businesses. Currently the fee is $12/month or $119 a year – a small price to pay to be compliant with the law. If a change is necessary to your policy, Termageddon will email you and walk you through the changes, if necessary.

Instead of paying an attorney hundreds of dollars for a static policy that you’ll have to update periodically anyway, I highly recommend you check out Termageddon. I am available to help guide you through implementing these pages if and when you need assistance.

~ Jennifer Moss

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