Privacy & Cookie Policies might not be the sexiest thing when it comes to your website. But let me tell you what really isn’t sexy – a lawsuit.
Back to Privacy Policies and panties. Now, not having these policies under the hood of your website is like going ‘commando’. Too much freedom, a little airy and no ‘support’ leaves far too much breathing room for loopholes and open doors for disputes over your users’ data.
Having an out of date policy is like a pair of Granny panties. They might appear to have everything together but are a little fragile, out of date and not something the world needs to be exposed to.
A ‘cookie’ is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored on the user’s computer by the user’s web browser while the user is browsing – Source. A cookie can be stored from hours to weeks, months and even years.
Why are we so passionate about Privacy & Cookie Policies?
Not to mention the myriad of other tools that are being used on websites these days including and certainly not limited to Google Analytics, Tag Manager, Facebook Pixels, Live Chat and Email Newsletter sign ups.
Not only that, but you need to add and include third party services in your policy such as your hosting, your payment gateways if you use them, whether you use re-marketing tools such as Facebook custom audiences, push notifications and more!
Problems can arise if a visitor to your website gets retargeted, sent email marketing or simply sees that you are using or even just gathering (Google Analytics) their data on your website without them knowing or you acknowledging that.
We are passionate about protecting our clients however we should note that ultimately it is up to the website owner to implement and input the policies on their websites.
A few do’s and dont’s
- Make sure you have all your services & integrations covered.
This is an important one. Like we mentioned earlier, you need to list and include every software and service that collect data on your website. One of the reason we love iUbenda is that it has such a comprehensive list of all of the most popular services and integrations. It’s as simple as selecting the box.
Gross. Think of it this way. That’s like borrowing someone else’s used granny panties. No thanks…
The internet is a pretty powerful and connected place and there are tools out there that will sniff out plagiarised content. Or if you are copying any content for that matter! Our advice is to draw inspiration and recreate or start from scratch.
For Privacy & Cookie Policies it’s hard to be original and ultimately it’s a legal document, so you want it to be right and rightfully yours. The other aspect of it is that the services and integrations you use on your website may not necessarily be on the other site. This leaves yourself ‘exposed’ again.
The total solution: iUbenda
So what is iUbenda?
Weird name, but a powerful solution. iUbenda is a 360 degree solution to making your website compliant with the law across multiple languages and legislations with remote and automatic updates handled by their international legal team.
To date, iUbenda has more than 65,000 customers in 100+ countries that range from enterprise companies to fledgling startups. Including blogs like Emily’s at Dossier Blog and our own website here at Newcastle Creative Co.
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*While we have taken care on the advice in this article, we are not a legal aid or agency. If you have concerns, we always recommend sending your policy to your lawyer to go over everything.