Does my website need a Privacy Policy?

Did you know that in Canada you are federally required to have a privacy policy on your website if you collect personal user information?

Even something as innocuous as a simple contact form that collects first names and email addresses is considered you collecting somebody’s personally identifiable information (PII).

In today’s digital age, data privacy is a critical issue for businesses and consumers alike. Visitors to your website want to know how their data will be used, managed, and stored.

What is a Privacy Policy?

A privacy policy is a statement that outlines how your business handles and processes customer and visitor data. It’s usually found on its own page on your website. Unfortunately, it’s easy to overlook creating or updating a privacy policy when you’re first setting up your website or considering a redesign. But it’s essential to remember that as your business evolves, so should your privacy policy.

When we build websites we always make sure they include a privacy policy. It’s important to us to protect both you as our client and your customers. We use a service called β€˜Termageddon’ (affiliate link) that is a privacy policy generator that automatically updates as laws change. It is not a boilerplate policy, it is unique to your business dependent on how you answered our questionnaire about the type of information you collect.

Check out our Privacy Policy for an example

We use Termageddon for our own website, so you can check out our privacy policy for an example:

In summary, make sure you have a privacy policy in place for your website and review it regularly to ensure it stays up-to-date. Not only will it bring peace of mind to your visitors, but it also demonstrates that you’re a responsible and trustworthy business.

If you collect any personal data, even as simple as a name or an email address through a subscriber or contact form, you need a privacy policy.

Your customers deserve the best service across the board, show them you care about their online well-being.

Add an auto-updating privacy policy to your website to:

πŸ‘‰ Show to your customers that you care about their privacy
πŸ‘‰ Limit your businesses’ liability
πŸ‘‰ Avoid terrifying fines and lawsuits
πŸ‘‰ Comply with privacy laws
πŸ‘‰ Demonstrate a professional legitimacy to your visitors

Book a free 15-min meeting with Laura to set up your privacy policy or complete the form on this page to get started.

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