I’m sure you’ve noticed that most websites include links to their “Privacy Policies” near the bottom on their home pages. You might have even tried to read through one of these Privacy Policies and understand what their purpose. If you have, chances are there was so much legalese that it was hard to figure out what it meant, and why it was there.
Note – These are just Policy Templates in-order to use them on your own website you have to make some changes. For Example Your Company Name, Your Website URL, Address.
- When your website collects information. Your website may collect information upon registration with your website, or when any of your visitors order a product. But, how else will it collect information? Other collection of data may occur through collection of website traffic and aggregate usage data. For instance, the date and time a user visits your site, the (IP) address from which your website was accessed, the webpages visited, duration on each page, the type of browser and operating system used to access your site, etc. Information may also be collected through correspondences such as through emails, faxes or phone calls with your business. Collection of information also occurs through credit card processing or other third party applications accessed through your website;
- The information your website actually collects. What personal information will your website collect? You should use OPPA as your guide in defining and determining this information;
- How your business will use the personal information. You need to disclose exactly how your business intends to use any data or information it collects. Don’t leave anything out. If you don’t distribute any information, but will store it in some customer contact database, disclose this. Similarly, facilitation of product purchases or collection for future promotions should be disclosed in your policy;
- The information that is disclosed or provided to third parties. You must determine all the possible ways you will disclose your visitors personal information you collect. These will include information provided during the shipping process, to credit card merchants and banks, your host or ISP through operation of the website, etc. You should disclose all of this even if you don’t intend on distributing information to third parties;