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.
Dates of birth
Addresses (postal and email)
Payment details (credit card numbers)
Location (IP address, geolocalization)
Social Insurance Numbers
Race, national or ethnic origin,
Age, marital status,
Medical, education, or employment history
Views or opinions about you as an employee
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.
What type of personal information you will be collecting
How you intend to collect that personal data
What you will be doing with this personal information
How you expect to protect their personal information from unauthorized use
Where you will be storing personal information and for how long
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.
Have a question about your privacy policies or need help with your new website? Hit us up!