It’s hidden away, most people don’t really care about it, and whose going to check up on you anyway when you’re just starting off. And more importantly, you don’t have any idea of how to create one, other than paying a lawyer (no thanks!) or copy-pasting someone else’s (hmmm… doesn’t seem like a good idea).
So the default action is – “let’s leave that till later”. I know that’s true, because that’s what I’ve done in the past (shock!) but I did it properly for this site.
And since you are now reading this article, the excuse of not knowing how to do it is about to disappear. Looks like you’re going to have to bite the bullet and NOT put it off.
The first reason is simply that you’re required to have one by law if you collect data.
There may be a few countries or states where this isn’t a legal requirement, but you may as well as assume that it is a requirement, wherever you reside.
But what if you’re not collecting personal data?
Then ask yourself this:
I have no idea!
And in any case, there are many marketing benefits to having one – such as increasing the trust of your visitors and giving them additional peace of mind.
You can see the result here.
When Information is Collected
Fair Information Practices
Depending on the level of your technical expertise, you can either upload that file to your website and link to it, or you can copy the HTML into an appropriate page on your site.
I wouldn’t say it’s a trivial exercise because there are quite a loft questions to answer and in many cases you do need to think about the questions, but half an hour should be ample time.
What about Terms of Service?
And the answer was – go to the same website and create a tailored Terms of Service document in a very similar way.
In this case, there was a $7 charge – which I felt was reasonable. I effectively paid $3.50 for each document.
Given the time and uncertainty that would be involved in taking any other route, this seemed like a great deal.
I hope that’s been helpful.
Let me know what you think in the comments – especially if you use their services.
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