- Describe Your Website
- Understand Data and Privacy Protection Laws
Privacy policies can also protect your business from legal troubles, as many countries have data privacy laws that require them to be in place.
- Types of data collected, like names, phone numbers, or website behavior
- Methods to collect data, such as collection through cookies or voluntary information given by the user (like furnishing their information to register or leave a comment)
- A section on child privacy explaining whether or not your site serves children and how your site abides by child data protection laws
- Ways in which website visitors can get in touch with you to opt out of data collection or change the information your website stores on them
Step 1: Describe Your Website
The first questions ask basic questions about your company, website, and the information you collect, such as names, profile photos, or phone numbers. You’ll also need to think about other tools you use or actions you take on your site that collect data and answer those questions accordingly. For example, allowing visitors to create an account or using remarketing tools require data collection. Answer yes or no to these questions for ShareThis to generate sections in your policy about data usage for these practices.
Step 2: Understand Data and Privacy Protection Laws
The next section asks questions about data and privacy protection laws, such as COPPA, GDPR, and CCPA. If you are unfamiliar with these laws, do some research on them or consult your attorney before answering each question. Each of them governs specific regulations regarding data collection and usage.