Who doesn’t love their privacy? The answer is pretty much no one. And that includes your website visitors. Website ownership does come with some responsibilities. Including making sure you are not violating the privacy rights of others. But how do you know if you are? And what do you do about it? Well, that’s why we’re here. Today we’re talking website privacy policies.
We’re not lawyers, but we do know that several privacy laws are now in place to protect the Personally Identifiable Information of citizens of certain states. Those laws can come with fines that reach $2,500-$7,500 per website visitor. And just so you know, if a website has a contact form, it collects Personally Identifiable Information.
We know what you’re asking. Do I really have to worry about them? The answer is never straightforward. Like all privacy laws, these laws can apply to website owners located outside of those states/territories where they are enacted. But many privacy laws also have ‘qualifiers,’ meaning that you have to exceed certain business sizes and data processing thresholds for the laws to apply. It’s a lot, we know.
So, What Do I Do About It?
There is never any harm in consulting your attorney and asking them for their legal advice on what you should do next. But for us Fangirls, because a) policy requirements are always in flux, and b) we only have so much time in a day, we’ve called upon the fine folks at Termageddon to take care of it for Fangirl Foundry.
For less than a fraction of our coffee budget, they constantly monitor policies around the world and automatically update the Foundry’s website as needed.
Not only is Termageddon a cool name, but these folks are legit–it’s founded and run by a privacy lawyer who just happens to be Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s ePrivacy Committee. In short, we fangirl over them so hard that we became affiliates.
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Follow their easy-to-use policy generator, and they’ll give you code to embed on your website. Yep, it’s that simple. And remember if you need any help on the website side of things, you can always reach out to us.