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  • Writer's pictureMathew Collins

How to Establish a Website Privacy Policy

Updated: Oct 31, 2022

Today, gathering data on your website's users and customers is a common marketing technique. With the use of this information, you may enhance the customer experience, hone your marketing approach, and in some situations, generate additional revenue. However, gathering this data has certain restrictions because governments are progressively controlling what firms can do with it as customers become more protective of their personal information. For instance, the European Union and some American states currently have laws requiring such privacy policies.

For this reason, your website must have a privacy policy letting visitors know what information you will collect, what you will do with it, how you’ll protect it and the recourse for privacy violations. Here, we’ll show you how to write a privacy policy that will increase your compliance with privacy regulations and put your customers at ease.

What is a privacy policy

Any website that gathers user data must adhere to industry standards for privacy policies, which are typically required by legislation. A thorough privacy policy that describes the data you gather, why you collect it, and how you utilise it demonstrates your concern for your users' privacy and appreciation for their business.

Why is a privacy policy required on your website?

Concerns over data collecting and abuse are common among customers. About half of Americans have chosen not to use a product or service due to privacy concerns, according to Pew Research. With open data collecting, business owners can win back the public's trust. Users will trust you more and become devoted patrons if you are transparent with them about the data your website collects, how it is used, and why.

Give potential clients the assurance to purchase your products online without worrying that their information may end up in the wrong hands by including a privacy policy on your company website. Tell them about your security measures, especially if you handle online payment processing.

Your privacy settings can be readily changed from the Wix dashboard when you create a website with Wix. You can establish a privacy policy to your website, activate cookies banners, ensure data gathering, and use tools that assist you in complying with the GDPR and CCPA using the Wix Privacy Center.

At Wix, we take seriously our commitment to protecting the websites and data of our users. Visit our Privacy and Security Hub to learn more about how we accomplish this.

Writing a privacy policy

Making a privacy policy for your business website can be done in a variety of ways.

You should contact a lawyer to create a great, legally binding policy that is particular to your company. Although hiring a lawyer is the most expensive choice, they may create a privacy policy that is specifically tailored to your needs and provides your business with the best security.

Using free online privacy policy generators is an alternative that enables you to copy and paste a boilerplate policy onto your website. From there, you can modify the policy to meet your specific demands. and are a few of useful generators. These tools let you create parts that make sense for your company's operations and provide guidance on the language your company might require.

Another cost-effective choice is to create your own policy from scratch using a sample or template, which offers you complete control over the final product. In this manner, you'll have a sense of what details ought to be included in a fundamental website privacy policy. Then, you can include any rules that are exclusive to you, your company, or your website. This source, which includes sample privacy rules, might be useful as a reference.

As a final option, you can create a privacy policy from scratch. Here are some of the most crucial subjects to discuss if you choose this course of action:

1. What information you will gather and how it will be used

2. Collection techniques

3. Customer engagement

4. Information about security and recourse

5. Child privacy

6. Future changes

7. Contact information

What to put in your website's privacy statement

1. What information you will gather and how it will be used

You should specify the precise categories of user data you gather, such as IP addresses and email addresses. Name, age, residence, interests, credit card information, banking information, and more could be included in this. To prevent misunderstandings, be as clear as you can.

You should explain to people why you collect what you collect in addition to what you collect. Be open to help put customers at ease, whether you're using information to suggest new goods or customise promotions to your target group. Effective and direct language would be something like, "We may utilise your information to provide you with unique offers."

2. Collection techniques

Users will encounter some obvious data collection methods while using your site (such as their credit card information when they checkout), but your website privacy policy should lay out all the ways that you collect data. You should disclose your use of online forms, opt-in pop ups and checkout pages, but also mention any information that your website collects on the back end, like IP addresses and users’ location.

3. Customer engagement

To communicate with users, which is one of the main reasons websites collect data. A communications clause is required if you're gathering contact information.

Users should be informed here about how and why you intend to contact them. Your online privacy policy should specify whether you send out regular email newsletters, text users about flash sales, or send them emails with transaction updates. To avoid any misunderstandings or a breach of confidence, be careful to list the communication channels you employ and how they are used.

Users should have the option to unsubscribe if, for any reason, they do not want their information to be collected. Therefore, the communication clause should specify that visitors have the right to withdraw their consent to the collection of their information at any moment. By directing them to a URL or giving them an email address to contact, explain to them exactly how to proceed. However, you might mention that if they choose to opt out, it might influence how they experience the site. For instance, information on goods or offers relevant to their geographic area or demography may be withheld.

4. Information about security and recourse

Financial information about individuals is a delicate subject, and for good reason. The encryption and online security procedures used to safeguard sensitive data like credit cards, bank accounts, and home addresses may be described in your website privacy policy. Potential sales will be lost if customers are uncomfortable making payments on your website.

You should also tell customers about their legal protections in relation to their personal information. Site visitors may have the right to retrieve their data or to "be forgotten" in compliance with global privacy laws, among other rights (be permanently deleted from your databases). A list of your users' rights and instructions on how to exercise them should be made available to them.

Customers deserve a means of redress—a way to make things right—if they believe that you have infringed their privacy or that you have in any other way failed to abide by your own policy. You should take your privacy policy carefully because it is essential. Add a contact information for visitors to use if they believe the redress policy has been broken. This demonstrates that you adhere to the rules and respect the privacy of customers.

5. Child privacy

You must include a section that addresses children's privacy because of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) in the United States. According to this regulation, it is against the law for your website to gather personal data from children without following a proper protocol.

Even if your company serves adults, it could be required to include a brief language to hold you harmless in the event of any inadvertent COPPA violations.

You must develop a more thorough Children's Privacy Policy on its own landing page if your website does target children under the age of 18.

6. Future changes

Privacy policies also evolve as businesses develop. Therefore, a portion of your privacy policy should explain to users that you have the right to change it at any time and that they have the right to be informed of any modifications.

Users should be informed here on how and when you will communicate with them in case there are any changes. To inform visitors of any updates, you should also place a note in bold at the top of your website's privacy policy.

7. Contact information

Your contact information should be included in your privacy statement. This provides clients with even more openness. You demonstrate that your business actually cares about customer privacy by providing them with a straightforward means to contact you with any queries or issues. Creating a contact form is yet another fantastic technique to accomplish this.

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