Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as that.
Take my other site I have Smart Mom Ideas, for example.
It’s a site featuring articles that offers advice to moms – no courses, email list, services or products to be seen.
Every time I display an ad, I’m gathering personal information from my readers.
And writing one is not as easy as throwing in a little blurb that says, “Hey, I’m gathering your information.”
Not having one can spell nasty legal consequences.
Things such as payment processing tools, analytic suites and advertising plug-ins are used by third-party services to enhance website performance.
This legal agreement explains what kinds of personal information you are gathering and how you use that information as well as how you keep it safe.
Examples of personal information include names, dates of birth, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers and bank details.
- Cookies track and store a user’s session and engagement with a website over time. Users need to be aware that these are in use and how their data is being used.
- Age-related considerations. You need to include clear language regarding how information gathered from minors is used. You can also stipulate whether or not minors can access your site without parental supervision.
That’s not really what you want for your business, is it?
Plus, you may have a third-party app or tool on your site that does – especially if you take payments through your site.
So where do you find one?
You and your users need specific legal protections that are written expressly for your site and how you operate your business and content.
But these policies are generated by bots and aren’t personalized to your unique site and aren’t legal!
Entrepreneur Legal Corner
Licensed and practicing attorney Mariam Tsaturyan – and course student of mine! – offers a huge variety of legal documentation pertinent to website owners.
From coaches to course creators, freelancers and medical practitioners, you’ll find any legal document required to safely run your site and business.
You can find this policy page by clicking on the link in this post and then clicking on Blogger Contracts!
You’ll also receive an instructional video to help you set up your policies and ensure they are compliant.
Sound complicated? Don’t worry! Miriam also includes easy-to-follow instructions for what to write in the brackets (which are highlighted to make them easy to find).
The same goes for check-out forms if you take payments through your site.
These are typically placed in the header or at the bottom of the page and require the user to click and accept the terms before proceeding.
Privacy Policies Protect Everyone!
Privacy Policies protect your readers from having their information improperly used and stored
They also protect you from liability if a user is unhappy with the way their information was handled (as long as it was done so in accordance with the posted policy).