There are several domestic and international laws that apply to website privacy laws. Whether or not they apply to you or your business varies depending on the law and the things your website does. For example, there have been American companies fined for failure to comply with GDPR, a law in the European Union. An article on Tech HQ from May, 2022 notes the following:
As of March 31, 2022, findings from CYTRIO’s data privacy research uncovered that 90% of companies are not fully compliant with CCPA and CPRA Data Subject Access Request (DSAR) requirements. Further, 95% of companies are using error-prone and time-consuming manual processes for GDPR DSAR requirements.https://techhq.com/2022/05/95-of-american-companies-not-gdpr-compliant/
In short, it may be rare for a website to be fully compliant with the many laws out there but it certainly helps to get ahead of the game and make sure you are good to go.
Couldn’t I Just Copy Someone Else’s Stuff?
In short, “ehhhhhhhh.”
Here’s how i think about it: Will you probably be fine? Hard to say. Is it worth the risk? Probably not. Privacy Policies and other similar documents are unique to a business and may need to be customized to your information or needs. Also, not using a tool like Termageddon runs the risk of your policy not being up to date. As with everything else in this post, Termageddon has a great article and you can use my code STRATEGIC2 for a 10% discount. If you are reading all of these, please accept my apologies for continuing to talk about the code. I just don’t want anyone to miss it.
Couldn’t I Use a Static Policy?
Listen, everyone loves to “set it and forget it.” But with changing privacy laws, you really shouldn’t use a static policy and hope for the best. Termageddon goes into this deeper here and you can use my code STRATEGIC2 for a 10% discount. Personally, I am more comfortable knowing that my policy is always right and having Hans and Donata an email away is awesome. To me, Termageddon is a worthwhile investment in your site, but I can understand the counter argument. There are tools out there that will generate a static policy for you. A simple Google search will show you some options.
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