Disclaimer: I’m not a lawyer, none of the following can be considered to be legal advice.
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!
Policy options: Free & Paid
There are a few companies that offer privacy policies for websites. Two that I’m going to discuss are Termly and Termageddon.
- Termly: A basic policy for 1 website with Termly branding is available for free. You will need to create an account with them. Their paid policies service is $10/month if billed yearly.
- Termageddon is only a paid service. Their pricing is $10/month or $99/year and includes embedding on your own website with automatically updating policies. Use this link to save 20% on your first payment.
Termly is a free-to-use service as of September 2021. All companies reserve the right to change their pricing.
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 could make mistakes. It is your responsibility to proofread the final product.
Read and follow your own policy