3 Signs Your Website Privacy Policy Needs To Be Updated

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website privacy policy updatesTo protect themselves from lawsuits and government investigations, many business owners have their websites reviewed for legal compliance issues at least once a year by an experienced Internet lawyer. These reviews often result in privacy policy updates to reflect new laws and regulations.

Here are three signs your website’s privacy policy is stale, i.e. it’s not providing you the website legal protection you need.

1. European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

If your privacy policy doesn’t address the EU’s GDPR, the policy is probably very outdated. Because the GDPR went into effect back in May 2018. The regulation needs to be addressed if your site has visitors from EU countries…whether or not you do business in the European Union.

2. California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

California’s new privacy law went into effect on January 1, 2020 and started to be enforced on July 1, 2020. If you have California visitors to your website — regardless of where your business is located — you’ll want to make sure your site’s privacy policy either shows how you comply with the CCPA or explains why the CCPA doesn’t apply to your business.

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3. Brazil’s General Data Protection Law (LGDP)

Following in the footsteps of the European Union, the Brazilian Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados Pessoais went into effect in August 2020. If you have website visitors from Brazil, your privacy policy should either address how you’ll comply with the LGDP or why the LGDP doesn’t apply to your business.

IP Blocking Instead of Privacy Policy Updates?

Don’t be tempted to try to circumvent these privacy laws simply by banning visitors from the European Union, California, or Brazil. Even blocking IP addresses won’t prevent someone from accessing your site using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). It’s easier to make privacy policy updates that protect you than to try to evade these laws by blocking Web traffic.

What to Do…

If you need help with privacy policy updates or other website legal documents, the first step is to book a phone consultation with Internet Lawyer Mike Young.

Does Your Website Violate The GDPR?

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Does Your Website Violate The GDPR

British Airways is getting slammed with a $229 million fine for violating the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Although the penalty relates to a data breach, there are other ways to get fined under the GPDR.

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One of the best ways to limit your liability exposure under the GDPR, especially if your online business is based in the United States, is to have the right website legal documents on your site.

Related Article: Website Legal Protection For Businesses

If you haven’t updated your site’s legal docs (e.g. Website Privacy Policy) since the GDPR went into effect in 2018, it’s time to talk with an experienced website lawyer about what needs to be fixed to protect your business.

Website Data Privacy Statement: What Is It And Do You Need One?

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Website Data Privacy Statement Policy

What Is A Website Data Privacy Statement?

A website data privacy statement is just another way of describing your website privacy policy. Although it’s more common to find this term used on European sites, you’ll occasionally find it on U.S. and Canadian business websites, particularly for North American subsidiaries of European ventures.

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Do You Need A Data Privacy Statement On Your Site?

Yes.

Whether you refer to this legal document as a privacy policy or a privacy statement, you should have it on your website to comply with applicable law. And to encourage your website visitors to trust you will do the right thing when it comes to their data you collect, store and use.

What To Include In Your Site’s Privacy Policy

Of course, what you’ll include in your site’s privacy statement will vary depending upon the type of business you have and the information you collect and use. For example, a medical doctor’s website that operates a patient portal will have Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) issues to address.

And if you collect data from European or California visitors (e.g. email addresses), you’ll want to consider whether the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) or the California Consumer Privacy Protection Act of 2018 should be addressed in your company’s website privacy statement.

Do You Need Help With Your Website’s Privacy Legal Protection?

Naturally, an experienced website lawyer can prepare a bespoke privacy statement for your site that’s designed to build visitor trust while reducing your legal liability exposure. If you need a new website privacy policy or want an existing policy revised, let’s talk. And be sure to check out our flat fee Website Legal Protection Package for businesses.