There’s been a massive outcry by the public and government about how tech companies breach public trust in handling user data. Sure, the internet has been a blessing, but it also poses new challenges.
What Should It Entail?
- Which Information is Collected
All the types of personal data being collected from users must be contained in the policy. This may include data like IP addresses, email addresses, and even financial payment information. It should be as detailed as possible to leave little room for errors.
Furthermore, it should explain when the data is being collected. For instance, email data is usually collected at the point of registration, while the IP address is constantly updated anytime you make a connection to a website’s server.
- How the Personal Information will be Used
It’s not enough for websites to list the data they collect, they must also state how the collected data is being used. Some of the major reasons personal information may be collected include:
- To notify visitors about important updates.
- For marketing purposes
- To share with third parties for advertising or analytics… and more.
- Again, the use of personal data is dependent on the type of business, however, it must be clearly stated.
- How the Information is Collected
Here are multiple ways of data collection, including cookies, surveys, weblogs, registration, newsletter sign-up, credit info when placing an order, and more. Website visitors have to be aware of how their data is being collected.
- Data Protection in Place
- Is Data Shared With Third Parties?
- How Users can Control their Data
- Notification for Policy Changes