Do You Need a California Privacy Policy?

 
Do You Need a California Privacy Policy?

The United States has no comprehensive privacy policy requirements for websites but California is on top of it.

HOW’D WE GET HERE

CalOPPA, or The California Online Privacy Protection Act, (circa 2003) impacts every single website in the state. Small business owners must include some type of privacy policy in an obvious spot on a site to avoid any fines or further legal issues.

WHAT YOU NEED

Your privacy policy should include disclaimers about what information you store (via forms or cookies) and what you do with the information gathered from site (and app) users. So-called “personally identifiable information” includes first and last names, emails, addresses, birthdays, phone and credit card numbers, criminal history and other personal characteristics - basically anything that could identify someone.

OH, ANOTHER THING

What you do with trackable non-personally identifiable data like IP addresses, other location data, passwords, shopping cart info or security answers needs to also be addressed in your privacy policy. This includes mentioning your Do Not Track (DNT) protocol. (The Act was amended in 2013 to disclose DNT.)

KEEP IT SIMPLE

Save the legal jargon. Aside from placing your policy in an easy to find place, your users must be able to understand the gist of the privacy policy without a J.D.  

The CalOPPA requirements are specific and every California-based website or app must comply. Make it simpler with an easy-to-download California Privacy Policy contract – an affordable way to stay on top of protecting your business.

 
Nicole SwartzContracts