Privacy policies are not only one of the most important pages of your website or app, but they are also a matter of legal compliance.
However, before we get into the depths of analyzing privacy policies and how they relate to the GDPR & other international laws, let’s find the answers to some common questions we get asked most often. This guide to privacy policies was put together to help shed some light on the topic, both from a legality standpoint, and from the standpoint of website & app owners.
In this scenario, you have three choices:
Website Privacy Policies
You might be asking yourself:
To give you an idea of what you’re up against, here are two examples of regulations which all websites need to comply with:
- GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)
- CalOppa (California Online Privacy Protection Act)
While we will cover the relation between privacy polices and the GDPR in-depth in a further section, it’s worth noting that the GDPR sets standards for data transfer out of the European Union. One of these standards is that data transfer outside of the European Union may only take place into countries which have met specific requirements regarding data protection laws. Generally, the EU does not list the US as one of the countries that meet this requirement.
App Privacy Policies
Privacy Policies and the GDPR
Why is Everyone Updating Privacy Policies?
The BBC reported that some high-profile US news websites had been temporarily unavailable in Europe after new EU data protection rules came into effect. Meanwhile, Facebook and Google have been already facing complaints over violations of the brand new regulations. That’s because GDPR gives EU citizens more rights over how their information is used. Basically, any personal data which is stored in or is transferred in or out the EU must comply with these regulations.
- Here is a basic checklist you can use to harden your GDPR compliancy