How to Make a Website Privacy Policy

by Steve Aycock

Many websites need a privacy policy to be in compliance with requirements of a commercial partner and possibly with federal and state laws. There are free tools available online that generate a privacy policy based on answers to a series of questions. An automatically generated privacy policy will need to be reviewed for accuracy and possibly revised to create a document that accurately reflects your website's particular situation.

Gather your information. Before starting to use a privacy policy generator tool such as one available from FreePrivacyPolicy.com, SerpRank.com or GeneratePrivacyPolicy.com, collect the information you'll need to provide in order to complete a privacy policy. You'll need to know when information is collected on your site, what information is collected, and how you use that information. Also, you'll need to know what types of advertisements are displayed on your site and whether those advertisements involve the use of technologies that collect information.

Visit one of the privacy policy generator sites. Many of the free privacy policy generator site are accessible from your Web browser and don't require any kind of download.

Answer the questions. Follow the sequence of questions presented by the privacy policy generator site and answer each question as accurately as possible. Some answers may be multiple choice, while some may require you to enter information.

Review your privacy policy. Once you have an automatically generated privacy policy, you'll need to carefully read it to ensure that all of the template and automatically inserted language is applicable to your site. Revise any inaccurate language and add any additional language specific to your site.

Tips

  • check Provide a clear link to your privacy policy from each page of your site.
  • check Be sure to keep your privacy policy up to date.
  • check If you aren't sure whether your privacy policy is in compliance with applicable laws, you may want to have an attorney review the policy.

About the Author

Steve Aycock has a background in engineering and law. Writing since 2002, Aycock has been published in "IPLaw360" and BNA's "Patent, Trademark and Copyright Journal." Aycock earned a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from the University of South Florida and a Juris Doctor from The George Washington University.

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