Having a website/software which collects personal information requires having a PP. This article will be looking into why a PP is important & why it is legally required in most countries.
How PP Works
Being an agreement describing a manner in which a company owning a website/software gathers & utilizes personal data, a PP describes which information will be gathered, how it is protected, and whether it can be transferred to 3rd parties.
Since a website owner assumes responsibility for collecting personal information from visitors, a PP is legally required in many countries.
This is information with which you can identify a person. Examples include an identification code, home address or email address, phone number, etc.
The European Union
Being the main document governing the processing of personal information in the EU, GDPR is meant to bring more uniformity to processes related to the gathering of information from individuals.
Adopted by the British Parliament, the DPA is meant to protect user data, regardless of whether this data gets stored on electronic media or in document storage systems.
The United States
Passed in the late 1980s, the Privacy Act imposes regulatory restrictions on the confidentiality of information & requires entrepreneurs with a registered a company in Australia to place privacy policies on their websites.
Planning & Creating a PP
Drafting a PP takes coming up with a detailed plan. It also requires determining exactly what data will be collected by one’s website.
Let’s see how a PP is usually structured:
- General info on the company’s goals & activities
- Policy provisions
- Gathering personal info
- Utilizing personal info
- Disclosing info to 3rd parties
- Protecting personal info
- User rights
- Notifications of changes