Monday, March 11, 2013

Why websites require a Privacy Policy?

The following list mentions some of the cases where a website Privacy Policy is required:

• If you are collecting personal information from any California residents, even if you don’t live in California, then California state law requires you to post a privacy policy. This law basically requires every eCommerce website to have a privacy policy, since at some point they are all likely to do business with a California resident. 

• If you process credit card transactions online, your credit card processor may require you to post a privacy policy as a part of your merchant agreement. 

• If you display Google Adsense advertising on your website, Google requires you to “post and abide by a transparent privacy policy that users see” as a part of your publishers agreement. 

• If your website is directed towards children or collects personal data from children under the age of 13, federal law requires a privacy policy that follows strict guidelines. 

• If your website is a financial institution (and this includes retail stores that extend credit to their customers), federal law requires you to post a privacy policy. 

• If you are a health care professional or plan provider, such as a doctor or pharmacy, federal law requires you to post a privacy policy.