Read on to learn the 7 things you should know about website privacy policies in order to protect yourself, your business, and your audience.
2. You Can be Held Liable for Violating Laws in OTHER Jurisdictions.
If you are a small or medium-sized enterprise, you may not have to comply with the CCPPA but it is important to explicitly outline why your business is not regulated by the Act. An experienced internet attorney can help you steer clear of government investigations for failing to comply with laws that you may not be familiar with.
3. Legal Form Generators: Buyer Beware.
Because sometimes legal form generator software is unreliable or out-of-date. Even worse, there have been cases where the creators behind the legal form generators stole work that was created by another attorney (this is copyright infringement-and can lead to hundreds of thousands in damages).
If you want to use a form generator look for software that legally uses forms prepared and updated by an internet lawyer. Our firm recommends using Website Legal Forms Generator because the software is updated annually by an experienced Internet lawyer.
4. Privacy Policies are Intellectual Property
Many business owners think they can simply copy and paste privacy policies from other websites.
This could land you in an expensive lawsuit, because privacy policies are copyright protected. Intellectual property lawsuits can lead to fines of $150,000 per infringement: enough to destroy your business and personal financial situation.
5. Some Personal Information Requires Additional Protection.
Certain personal data, such as full names, credit card numbers, and home addresses are considered sensitive personal information (or personally identifiable information) and subject to stricter privacy regulations.
6. You Need to Address Laws that Protect Minors.
Even if minors are not your target audience, you need to address the privacy of minors who may stumble upon your website for the same reasons listed in #2. You can be held liable for privacy violations under COPPA (the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) even if your site is not intended for children.
That’s why it is important to clarify whether minors under the age of 18 should be using your site in your Privacy Statement (and elsewhere on your website). You should also put safeguards in place to ensure you’re not collecting data from minors.
7. Health industry websites (doctors, hospitals, clinics, etc.) require extra compliance.
If you have the funds, it is always worthwhile to get customized documents prepared by an experienced Internet lawyer. Our firm offers a Website Legal Protection Package for a flat fee where we’ll review your website, discuss your needs, and provide you with customized legal protection for your website.