Last Updated on January 6, 2021.
GDPR, CCPA, CalOPPA are some of the most popular privacy laws and if you have readers in the US and EU, it is only smart to have a page stating clearly that you acknowledge these laws and abide by them, to avoid legal troubles.
- GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation, put in place by the EU to protect the rights of its residents and their personal data.
- CCPA – California Consumer Protection Act.
- CalOPPA – California Online Privacy Protection Act, to protect the privacy rights and personal data of California residents.
You also have to state clearly if you use third-party services (such as Google Analytics, Akismet, etc) and how they affect your readers. Do they collect data and how? What do they use it for? Are the data they collect personally-identifying?
Can your readers request their data and how long will it take to give it to them?
- They understand those laws better
- They know the right words to use
- They inform you of new updates and information
- The templates are generic
- The policies are mostly basic and may not satisfy all privacy laws
While these generators do the hard part, go through the generated document and edit it to ensure it satisfies the privacy laws of your readers’ countries.
Now, let’s get to business.
They also have a template you can edit if you don’t want to use the generator.
You won’t move past a page and all you have to do is fill in your site name, email address, and select your audience’s age range.
While the generated policy is safe to use as is, I’d advise that you check the paragraph under the heading “With whom may the information may be shared?” and edit accordingly. Another thing I think is worthy of mention is that the policy is best suited for business websites.
Go to www.easyriver.com.
This generator has both paid and free options, but the free plan is OK if you run a personal website.
Like others, you have to fill in your business information, choose your country and choose your preferred English version (AmE or BrE) and you’re good to go.
Go to www.privacyterms.io.
This one has a template you can copy and use without filling in any information.
Just go to the website and scroll to the bottom of the page, copy the template, paste on your blog and do the necessary editing and you’re done.
Go to www.privacypolicyonline.com.
I ran out of patience while trying this one out and couldn’t find out if it is indeed free, as promoted. And that’s because after clicking “Next” about 15 times, I was only 42% through the questionnaire.
I checked out their template tho, and it’s fully comprehensive. It complies with most privacy laws, especially GDPR, CCPA, and CalOPPA.
The template is all of words and editing can be a bit of work, so the better choice is to answer all questions until you’re 100% done.
Pretend like you didn’t see that free up there, because this tool is anything but free. While you can use it for free, the document will be almost useless, because you have to pay to have them include clauses that cover analytics tools, ad networks, form builders and many other third-party services.
Aside from acknowledging those laws, you have the obligation of protecting your readers. You have to protect them from thefts and also make the Internet safe.
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