Do I Need A Privacy Policy On My Website

If you are wondering, do I need a privacy policy on my website. In this article, we'll explain why you definitely do & what it should include

You may be wondering whether or not you should have a privacy policy on your website. In this article, we’ll explain why you definitely do and should and what you should include in your privacy policy.

Lets be honest, ALL websites interact with user data in some way.  You don’t normally build a website if you don’t intend to have someone visit it. Although I’ve recently seen some websites so bad, nobody will ever find them if they go looking. If we assume you actually want your website found and have people visit then yes. You have a legal requirement to inform visitors about the data you collect, how it is used and how it is stored and protected.

Do I need a privacy notice or policy?

The very short answer is Yes, you need a privacy policy on your website. If you collect personal information from users, many countries have many laws requiring you to include a privacy policy on your website explaining  your data-handling practices.

When GDPR came into force back in 2018, it’s fair to say there was some confusion about what is was specifically, and if it applied to all websites.  In reality we have, as businesses and website owners, been subject to data protection law before.  GDPR was pretty much an upgrade and probably a good one.  I get way less emails than I used to. 

Do I really need it if I don’t collect visitor information?

Are you aware of just how much data you collect from a visitor? You might not be collecting emails but what about someone’s IP address? The IP address can be specific to that one person.  Apart from a contact us page most of us, well the sensible ones that want to grow their business, will also have some form of analytics software like Google Analytics that tracks IP’s and a lot more data besides. Google Analytics uses cookies to track user behaviour and cookies collect personal information, a privacy policy is required. Can you now answer the ‘Do I need a privacy policy on my website Question?

Why Should You Have A Privacy Policy?

If you’re running a business, then you need to make sure that you comply with the law. This means that you must follow certain rules when collecting and using customer information.  It’s also important to protect yourself against potential legal actions brought against you.

What Should Be Included In Your Privacy Policy?

There are several things you need to include in your privacy policy, such as how you collect customer information, how you use it, and how you share it. 

There are three main things that you should include in your own privacy policy:

1) Who owns the data collected by your site?

2) How will you use the data?

3) What happens to the data after it has been used?

Can I write my own privacy policy?

You can write your own privacy policy or there are plenty of free templates available for you to customise to your business.  I would recommend you read them first so that you understand exactly what you are telling visitors and then comply to that policy. 

Will my privacy policy  get read? 

If you’re want to make sure people read your privacy policy, then you need to make sure that it’s easy to find. Make sure that your privacy policy is clearly visible on every page of your website. Also, make sure that it’s easily accessible. Typically it is viewable by clicking a link in the footer of your web page.

So now you really do know the answer. 

Do I need a privacy policy on my website?  Yes, you do need a privacy policy on your website! 

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