Modern day technology allows consumers to access billions of websites at their fingertips in an instant.
While privacy policies, vary from country to country, it should disclose the purpose of the website, what type of information will be collected, how information is collected, how it is stored, and what the information will be used for. Personal information is any type of information that could be used to identify a person such as name, address, contact information, date of birth, etc.
In this way, companies can avoid constant revisions. The policy does not necessarily need to use legal jargon but it is recommended to have an attorney review the policy to ensure that the it reflects the company’s purposes and intent.
In addition, the Cal OPPA has certain specifications on how conspicuously a privacy should be posted. The policy needs to be directly on the homepage or have a link or icon that says “PRIVACY” on the homepage. The link or icon needs to be displayed in a different font, font size, and color than surrounding text to ensure its visibility to users.
California also has a Shine the Light Law that requires service providers that share personal information with third parties to provide users with a list of the categories that are shared as well as allow users the option to remove themselves from information sharing if they choose to do so.
Sam Mollaei, Esq., business lawyer, from Mollaei Law can be reached @ (818) 925-0002 or by visiting MollaeiLaw.com
This post is written by Eren Ng, a political science student at UCLA who is an aspiring lawyer.