Privacy Policy: Is It Just For Show?

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As a website designer, I get a lot of questions from clients about whether they need a privacy policy on their website. Some of them perceive it as something that just makes them look more formal and don’t truly understand that there are legal implications. However, the truth is real: not having a privacy policy could mean you’re breaking federal law, which is a route no small business owner wants to go down.

Why Do You Need A Privacy Policy?

A privacy policy is a checkbox for legal compliance but its a little more than that too: it’s a place that instills trust between you and your website visitors. It tells them what personal information you collect and how you handle it. I hate to hit you with the scary things but failure to disclose this information risks legal repercussions and can change visitor trust, even as it relates to sales.

Crazy right?

So there are a few different regulations to be aware of: GDPR, CalOPPA, PIPEDA, and COPPA.

GDPR: General Data Protection Regulation

CalOPPA: California Online Privacy Protection Act

PIPEDA: The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act

COPPA: Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule

They all mandate the presence of a privacy policy for websites that collect personal data. Did you know that ignoring regulations can even equal big fines?

GDPR Compliance

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coined by the European Union and is renowned for its stringent data privacy laws. Even if your business operates outside the EU, if you collect data from EU citizens at all, GDPR compliance is non-negotiable. Failure to comply can result in fines of up to €20 million, emphasizing the importance of ensuring your privacy policy aligns with GDPR standards.

Crafting Your Privacy Policy

Crafting a comprehensive privacy policy involves detailing various aspects, including:

– Your contact information

– Data collection and usage practices

– Third-party access to data (e.g., analytics, payment processors)

– Visitors’ rights under relevant regulations

While some businesses opt for custom-drafted policies by lawyers, others choose premade templates for cost-effectiveness. Platforms like Legally Kimra offer GDPR-compliant templates that cater to all kinds of regulatory requirements, providing peace of mind without breaking the bank.


In the world of website design and digital entrepreneurship, a privacy policy isn’t accessory, it’s a necessity. It ensures legal compliance, creates trust with visitors, and mitigates the risk of costly fines and legal disputes.

As you go on your journey in the digital sphere, remember: transparency builds trust, compliance breeds confidence, and a well-made privacy policy is your ally in both. Stay informed, stay compliant, and safeguard your digital assets with vigilance.

If you’d like to purchase a privacy policy for your website, head on over to Legally Kimra (my star-studded attorney mom’s website) to purchase yours.

[Disclaimer: The information provided in this post is based on personal opinion and recommendation and does not constitute legal advice. It is essential to consult legal professionals to ensure compliance with relevant regulations and laws.]