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You need a privacy policy.

But you may not think so. It's true that few people actually read privacy policies. And those who do usually get frustrated by the impenetrable legalese. So a lot of website owners figure it doesn't matter. But the truth is that it does matter.

There are some concrete reasons to have a privacy policy. One is simply that you might be required have one by law. Another is that a privacy policy reduces your liability should anyone ever decide to sue you.

But if this doesn't sway you, consider this: having a privacy policy makes you look good. It adds credibility to your website -- making it look more professional. The vast majority of your users will never click on your privacy policy, much less read it. But they will like the fact that you have it. It will tell them that you care enough about privacy to have a policy about it. What's more, they'll assume that your privacy policy is more or less consistent with prevailing standards.

Creating a Privacy Policy

Now that you know you need a privacy policy, you are only left with how to get one. You could, of course, hire a lawyer. But that's expensive. Or you could steal another website's privacy policy and change the names. But that's potentially dangerous, not to mention most likely illegal.

The easiest thing to do is to use our privacy policy generator. All you have to do is enter your name and URL and out pops a general purpose privacy policy, as well as a set of website terms and conditions (T&C).

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Who should have a privacy policy?

Everyone should have a privacy policy. Above all, it looks good to your users. But let's suppose you are a privacy absolutist: you host your own domain and do not even store access information. It would be really good to tell your users that. And the same thing applies to websites that collect more, but still limited, data. For websites that collect a lot of data, users have a right to know.

Why do I need a privacy policy?

You may be legally required to have a privacy policy. What's more, a privacy policy limits your liability. But above all, it is a matter of professionalism: having a privacy policy is something you provide to your users to be clear about each other's rights.

How do I use the privacy policy generator?

The privacy policy generator could not be easier to use. You enter your website's name and URL, and click the "Generate" button. This loads a page with a privacy policy and a T&C document.

Can I use the generated privacy policy as is?

The privacy policy is designed to be as general as possible. For most websites, it will cover all of the issues that will come up. But there certainly will be websites that need additions. And there will be many more that might want to remove parts of it.

Once you have the privacy policy and T&C, you should read through them. There are things you might want to change. But they are both written with a minimum of legalese -- to be read by normal people. '

In general, the privacy policy grants more rights to website owners than they normally use. So it may be possible to keep the generated documents as they are, even though you have no plans to ever exercise all the rights contained in them.

Do I need to read the privacy policy?

You really do need to read the privacy policy before you put it up on your site. You need to know what you are guaranteeing your users. Otherwise, the whole thing is a sham, and, depending upon what you do with users' information, fraud.

What's in the privacy policy?

The privacy policy contains five primary sections: "information we may collect on you; IP addresses and cookies"; "where we store you personal data"; "uses made of personal data"; and "your rights." Basically, it says that your website collects the data that users provide it, and uses that data for the purposes that the data was provided for.

Furthermore, it says that you will do all that is possible to keep the data safe. The privacy policy ends with information for users to get access to the information your website has on them, a section for future changes to the policy, and contact information.

What's in the Terms and Conditions?

The T&C is a much more complicated document than the privacy policy. It provides rather detailed information about what can and cannot be done on the website.

Basically, it says that you don't offer any guarantees regarding the accuracy or applicability to the information on the website, that the website will change, that you own all its intellectual property, that users are required to behave while using the website, and that you aren't liable for any problems.

What are my rights with the privacy policy and T&C?

Once generated, these two documents belong to you and can be edited and used in any way you like.