Website Privacy Policy: Why You Need One & How to Get It

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by Adam Wright

Have you ever gotten those pesky emails from a business stating they updated their Privacy Policy? More than likely you have, but it’s something you don’t really think twice about.

Believe it or not, there’s a 99% chance you need a Privacy Policy on your website, too.

Here’s some answers to the most common questions, including where to get one.

What is a Privacy Policy?

In short, a Privacy Policy is a legal document or statement that discloses what a business does with your information or data.

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For example, when you subscribe to a newsletter and give your email address — what do they do with your email? Who do they share it with? A Privacy Policy gives those details.

Who needs a Privacy Policy?

If you have a contact form on your website that collects something as simple as a name or email address, you need a Privacy Policy. It doesn’t matter what kind of business you run, or where you live.

In the US, there are several laws in different states already that protect the residents of that state — not your business. Nearly a dozen more states have also proposed their own unique privacy bills, some of which will allow its citizens to sue businesses for having a contact form without a compliant, up to date Privacy Policy.

Fines can reach $2,500 to $7,500 per website visitor — yikes.

Common misconceptions of needing a Privacy Policy

My website is secure — so I don’t need one.

This is false. Just because your site is secure (which is fantastic!) doesn’t mean anything when it comes to Privacy. These are two totally different things, and ideally you’d need both.

I can just write one myself.

Well, sure — anybody could write their own Privacy Policy. But are you a lawyer? Would it stand up in court if you were to get sued? Having a compliant Policy in place is very important, and the laws are constantly changing.

I’m such a small business, it really shouldn’t matter.

Regardless of the size of your business, everyone needs a Privacy Policy if you’re collecting personal information. In fact, having a Privacy Policy shows your customers/clients that you care about their Privacy.

At the end of the day, it’s about protecting yourself and your business, no matter what.

Ok, so how do I get one?

Welp, you’re in luck! We’ve partnered with Termageddon to provide all our clients, past and new, with Privacy Policies. You can go online and find numerous Privacy Policy generators, but they’re the only Privacy Policy generator that’s trusted by the largest privacy organization in the world — the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

What also makes Termageddon so great is the auto-updating feature. As new laws are passed, your Privacy Policy is automatically updated to be fully compliant and up-to-date. Nothing to do on your end. Just sit back and be compliant. How cool is that?

This gives you peace of mind, and it only comes at a fraction of the cost as hiring a privacy attorney. Sign up for Termageddon or you can reach out to us and we’d be happy to set it up for you!

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Adam Wright

Adam is a California native, now living in Middle Tennessee. A long-time creative at heart, his passion for design and growing his small business, AWD, is always evident. When he's not writing code or sketching logos, he enjoys spending time with family, playing basketball, or watching just about any motorsports. Find him on LinkedIn.

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