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How much does a privacy policy cost? A privacy policy is a legal document provided by companies to their customers that outlines how the company collects, handles, stores, and protects customers' personal data on apps and websites.

Most people have visited a website that requests their name, address, or other personal information. After entering this information, the website will prompt the individual to review and agree to the privacy policy. While most people skip reading this document, it is very important. It informs the customer about terms of service and how their personal information will be stored and possibly used in the future.

Privacy policies are known by several names and may also be called:

  • Privacy statement
  • Privacy page
  • Privacy notice
  • Privacy information

If a company runs a website or an app that collects personal data from customers, it is essential that they have a valid privacy statement. Most companies choose to hire a privacy lawyer to draft their privacy policy.

How much will it cost to hire a lawyer to draft a privacy policy? Let's explore this question and go over some general information about privacy policies.

How Much Does a Privacy Policy Cost?

Privacy policy costs will vary depending on the length and complexity of the contract, the location of the business, and the lawyer drafting the document.

It is important to hire a knowledgeable attorney who has experience with privacy policies. If a customer is unhappy with how a company stores or uses their information, a well-written privacy policy can mean the difference between a very expensive lawsuit or dismissed case.

The lawyer drafting your privacy policy must also have extensive knowledge of laws governing digital privacy. There are several agencies in the United States that help regulates digital privacy, but most laws in this field of governed by states.

Every other country also has its own digital privacy laws like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) used in many European nations. If a website draws international traffic, the privacy policy must also adhere to that location's privacy laws.

Based on ContractsCounsel's marketplace data, the average cost of a privacy policy is $370.83 .

Should You Pay for a Privacy Policy?

If you have a website that collects personal information from customers, you are legally obligated to have a privacy policy. It is always a good idea to pay a lawyer to draft a proper privacy policy to protect your company and your customers.

A privacy policy is legally required and beneficial to have because it builds trust with customers and offers transparency to your customers. Anyone visiting your website and entering their personal information will be more comfortable knowing how their data is stored and used.

What's Typically Included in a Privacy Policy?

Privacy policies will vary depending on the type of data collected, the industry, and the local laws governing digital privacy. Most privacy policies should include the following information:

  • Data collected. Your privacy policy should list the type of information that is collected and how it is collected
  • Usage. The policy should outline how the data will be used in the future
  • Protection. Your customers should know how your company keeps their data safe from security breaches and hackers
  • Third-party access. Will third parties have access to your customers' data? This should be explained in the privacy policy
  • Tracking. Your privacy policy should outline how the company uses tracking tools like cookies and log files
  • Updates. Include any recent updates to the policy
  • Opt-Out. If a customer does not agree to have their data collected and to the privacy policy, there needs to be an option to "opt-out."
  • Company information. Contact information for the company should be provided to customers
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Privacy Policy Drafting

Privacy policies are important documents, and if this contract isn't drafted correctly, it could lead to severe legal ramifications like lawsuits.

An experienced contracts lawyer will know what terms and clauses must be included in the privacy policy to protect your company and comply with all digital privacy laws.

Privacy Policy Review

Some companies choose to draft their own privacy policy using a template with boilerplate language. While this may satisfy the company's legal obligation to have a privacy policy, the only way to be sure that your policy is legally binding and abides by all applicable laws is to have it reviewed by a licensed attorney.

Privacy Policy Disputes

Privacy policy disputes can lead to costly lawsuits and litigation. The best way to avoid legal disputes is to have a professionally drafted policy covering all necessary terms, conditions, and laws.

If a company is notified of a dispute over their privacy policy, they should contact a lawyer immediately for guidance.

Drafting a Privacy Policy Cost

Drafting a privacy policy can be a complicated job. Lawyers will have to research local and international privacy laws to ensure the contract abides by all laws and is legally enforceable.

According to ContractsCounsel's marketplace data, the average privacy policy drafting costs are $370.83 across all states.

Reviewing a Privacy Policy Cost

If a company chooses to draft its own agreement, it should still hire a lawyer to review the contract and check for mistakes. Drafting and reviewing a privacy policy requires specialized knowledge and legal expertise.

ContractsCounsel's marketplace data shows the average privacy policy review costs to be $370.83 across all states.

How Do Lawyers Charge for a Privacy Policy?

The two most common ways lawyers charge clients for legal services are an hourly rate fee structure and a flat fee rate structure.

Hourly Rates for a Privacy Policy

If a lawyer uses an hourly rate fee structure, they will charge a client a set rate for each hour they spend working on a project or case.

This fee structure is more beneficial for lawyers because it ensures they are paid for their time on the job.

For a client, an hourly fee structure can result in an unexpectedly high bill if they don't realize how long a legal project will take. A client should always ask their lawyer to estimate how many hours the task will take to complete to avoid sticker shock when the bill arrives.

The marketplace data for ContractsCounsel shows the average hourly rate for a privacy lawyer ranges from $225 - $300 per hour.

Flat Fee Rates for a Privacy Policy

Flat fee rates are growing increasingly popular for attorneys hired to complete a specific task or project, like drafting a privacy policy.

When using a flat-rate fee, the lawyer quotes the client a flat rate to complete the job. If the client agrees, they pay upfront and usually won't be responsible for any additional fees, even if the job takes the lawyer longer than expected.

ContractsCounsel's marketplace data shows the average flat fee rate for a privacy policy is $370.83 .

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