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How To Create A Website Privacy Policy


Here are six tips for creating your own website privacy policy.

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									                 How To Create A Website Legal Privacy Policy
                                      by LegalFormLady.com

Not being a lawyer, I can’t afford to pay a lawyer to get a website legal privacy policy. So, how
should I create a Privacy Policy that appears to be written by a lawyer?

In the following steps I’ll help walk you through in a non-legalese way how to create your own
Privacy Policy. Unfortunately, since I’m not a lawyer, nothing I say can be taken as legal advice
(nor can I charge you for that). If you want a real legal document, you are going to have to
either hire a lawyer directly, which can be very expensive, or use a pre-formatted document that
covers the bases.

Here are some recommended tips for drafting your own website privacy policy.

Step 1:

Tell the website user WHAT information you are collecting. If you collect their name for a email
newsletter signup form, be specific about what fields you are wanting information about (name,
email address, show size, etc.). If you are collecting credit card information for them to buy
something, you NEED to mention that too.

If you’re using visitor tracking technology on your website it gets even deeper because, some
website need to store a cookie on the person’s computer to remember who they are and what
their info is. This digital file (cookie) is stored in their browser and it records information about
what you are doing on the website. If you use these types of tools, you need to mention this to
your website visitors. Otherwise, it looks like you are invading their privacy and might be putting
a virus on their machine. Be up front, so they know exactly what has happened and what DID
NOT happen.

Step 2:

You should always be upfront and tell your website visitors HOW you will use their information.
If you are going to put them on your mailing list, tell them that they will be on the email
newsletter list (duh).

If you intend to sell their information to the highest bidder, then you at least need to notify them
that by giving you information, they are authorizing you to pass on that information if you want to
(you obviously do).

Telling someone you are about to pimp their data isn’t likely to garner any friends, but at least if
you notify them that it is a possibility, then they were warned. Pissed off but not sued, is better
than surprised and sued.

Step 3:

You should ALWAYS include a paragraph about minors. This means any person under the
age of 18 (not pick-axe wielding dwarves). That’s a big legal hurdle, because minors get a lot
of automatic protections regardless of what they are doing on your website. There needs to be
something along the lines of “...only with the permission of a parent or legal guardian.”

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If your website sells products or services, then you also need to have a caveat in there that the
website does not sell to minors. Selling to the adults responsible for the minor is far different
than someone thinking that you are actually selling a product to a minor.

Step 4:

Make sure you write up something about not being responsible for Third Party Stuff (remember,
I’m not a lawyer). If you have an ad on your site, or a network that rotates ads on your site,
then you want to make sure that you are not held responsible for the user clicking on an ad
and going to someone else’s website. If the user gets a virus or 80 popups for breast/penis
enhancement, you don’t want that to be your responsibility. You don’t know what the other
webmaster did to his site or if the other website has been hacked.

Step 5:

Put a real mailing address in your privacy policy. Yes, in order to be honest, you have to give
out an address. The address should be real working address. You can use a P.O. Box if you
want, but it should at least be an address where you can receive mail from anyone who might
need to contact you.

Step 6:

Include a section about how you have the right to change your policy, mind, or underwear,
without user notification. “Subject to change without notice” is something we’ve all seen before.

If it is mandatory to notify every single person on the interwebs each time you change a policy,
then that really sucks. Of course, you can use the Apple approach and anytime someone tries
to buy an app, you hit them with the policy again :)

Side Note:

If you have users in California, I pity you, because California laws pretty much permit anyone to
dance on your mother’s grave. So, be sure to include a section that covers specific situations or
legal circumstances that apply to your

These are just a few suggestions for creating a website privacy policy.



P.S. If you want a real professional Legal Policy, then you’ll have to pay a real professional.

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