April 21, 2021
5 min read
Privacy is an important issue in 2021, and one every business should take very seriously. There are millions of new businesses and websites starting up every day and governments have created privacy laws to protect consumers visiting these websites.
The thing is…
Different countries have different privacy laws. So, how does a business with customers from all over the world navigate the issue of online privacy and respect these global differences?
Privacy policies were created as a way to navigate different regulations while protecting businesses and their customers.
Privacy policies are required by law in most countries where you collect personal information on your website. For a summary of the privacy laws outlined by the Canadian government, click here.
Privacy policies also allow you to be fully transparent with your website visitors. It helps you establish trust and many will feel more comfortable navigating your website because of it.
For example, here in Canada, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) is the rule book for how businesses can collect, use, and share personal information. Companies who knowingly break PIPIDA regulations can be fined up to $100,000.
Remember, if your business is in Canada but you have customers on your website from another place, like, say California, your policy should adhere to their regulations as well.
(We recommend having a lawyer look it over after, just to be safe).
If you decide to try and create a policy on your own, just be careful not to steal or copy a competitor's. This can lead to copyright violations and that is a whole different ball game.
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