Technological advancement has made data privacy a leading topic of discussion. The digital age has caused internet users to consciously and unconsciously share their personal details online. Therefore, these people deserve to know how you use their private information.
Privacy policies will also specify if they share your information with third-party websites, firms, sellers, researchers, etc.
Information which may be collected includes:
- Location – geo-localization, IP address.
- Email and postal addresses.
- Date of birth.
- Payment details.
Here is an article to learn more about privacy policies.
Step 1: Specify the type of information to collect from your users or visitors.
You can check the above for the types of information you may collect from your users.
Step 2: Explain why you are collecting the information.
Explain to your users why you need to collect their information. Your users deserve to know why.
Is it a part of their activity on your website or mobile app? If not, why is it being collected? Do you want to help personalize their experience on your website? Your users or visitor deserve to know why their information is collected.
Step 3: How do you plan to collect this information?
Step 4: Specify the use of your users’ information and how accessible it is to third parties.
Help your users understand what you will use their information for and any parties that can access the data. If you plan to allow third parties to access the data (i.e. sell it to third parties, use a platform to analyze it, etc), you must have the consent of the user whose data you’re collecting while granting them the option to either agree to or prohibit how you plan to use it.
Consent is vital - you must get it from your visitors and users at all points.
Step 6: Explain how you protect your user information.
Apart from seeking consent, your users must know how you plan to protect their information, especially with the rapidly increasing rates of cyber-attacks.
Let them know how protected their data is and how you plan to proactively protect it. This includes stating whether you are using secured files and physical access controls, computer safeguards, SSL, etc. If this gets too technical for you, feel free to contact a technology lawyer who can guide you through the process.
- Personal information : this includes data you collect from your users or visitors, whether directly, indirectly, manually, or automatically. Such information may include name, phone numbers and email addresses, credit card details, etc.
- Data Security: all privacy policies must specify the data protection system they have put in place. Cybersecurity has become a pandemic, and every website or mobile app owner must ensure their customers’ or users’ privacy isn’t breached due to their inappropriate data security system.
- Policy Updates: you should include how you will notify your users of policy updates.
- Data storage and data sharing.
- Data subject rights.
- Contact details.