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But here’s the thing – you need to create one.
Various governing agencies require that you be upfront with your visitors about the personal data that you collect, store, and distribute on your website.
Almost every business has a website nowadays. We use them to make our businesses more visible, generate leads and connect with our consumers in a convenient, adaptable way. The tech landscape has evolved in recent years, and the laws and regulations surrounding data privacy and consumer protection have evolved with it.
It’s easy to think that privacy policies are only for big tech businesses with teams of attorneys, but even small business owners have the responsibility to inform their customers about what personal information is being collected and what it’s being used for. Failure to comply with privacy laws can lead to heavy fines and even lawsuits.
Most privacy laws also have a very broad application, so even though your business may not physically operate in the state where a privacy law was enacted, that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear and don’t need to comply with it. Anyone from anywhere in the world could be submitting their PII to your website.
So, how do you get started? Where do you go to get one? Can you make it yourself?
2. Hiring an Attorney
Having an attorney write your policies for you will ensure that you’re complying with the privacy laws that apply to your business. However, this option is extremely costly and can eat up money that could have been better used for your small business. They will also charge you to update your policies every time a law regarding privacy changes (which they will, there are already a number of proposed data privacy bills introduced and activated this year!)
Kelly Shannon is a client experience lead and project manager who’s been working with Shanty Town Design since October 2020. Kelly works directly with clients and designers from concept to final execution of projects, maintaining an open line of communication throughout every project phase and ensuring that design and marketing goals are being met. In her spare time, Kelly loves thrifting, seeing live music, and exploring Denver with a camera. She’s a self-taught DIYer, huge nonfiction bookworm and doting cat mom.