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Disclaimer: I’m not a lawyer, none of the following can be considered to be legal advice.
What that means is if your website is for a nail salon in Texas and a California resident on vacation goes to your website because they want to find somewhere to get their nails done, you have to comply with California law.
Additionally, if it is possible for a child under 13 to visit your website, then you have to comply with COPPA – the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule. Again, with the nail salon example, it’s reasonable to think that a 12-year-old may want their nails done. If your website has a recipe for homemade pizza, then it’s quite possible a 12-year-old could find that recipe.
- Third parties require it with their terms of service – so if you use anything like advertising, google analytics, payment processors, email newsletter signups, app stores, etc you are required to have one. And not just have one, have one that addresses their rules.
- Don’t get sued – Delta Airlines, SnapChat, Google and many more companies have all faced lawsuits over questionable privacy policies. It can get far worse if you don’t have any policies at all.
Easy, you make someone else do all the hard work!
Before we get started, let me make something very clear: you can NOT just generate the policy and then not proofread it or NOT follow it.
One, this is a free tool that does a pretty darn good job, but it does make mistakes (there are a couple of spots it always makes the same mistakes).
To start, if you already have an account with freeprivacypolicy.com then log in, otherwise, if you don’t have an account go directly to their start page.
Next, follow the instructions in this video:
Read and follow your own policy