Sharing policies on your website

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Do I need a privacy policy on my website Australia?

The short answer is yes as depending on your country and country of your customers, certain regulations may require you to display policies and other legal information on your business website.

Here are some options to consider:

Privacy Policy:

Based on research here are a few points to consider when drafting your privacy policy**:  

/ What information you collect

/ How you collect that information

/ What you do with that information

/ How you share that information

/ How your site uses cookies - include a list of cookies your site uses and use of external services such as Google Analytics & Facebook Pixel. 

A good place on your website to place your privacy policy is the footer next to copy-write information or a website map. This can be a page on your site or an official company PDF.

 

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Cookie banner

Certain laws may require informing site visitors of cookies used by the website. To do this you can add a cookie banner to your site.

This is typically displayed as a window in the header or footer with the option to close.

 

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Store Checkout

If you have an e-Commerce website and sell products online, you should add return policies, terms of service, and privacy policies to your checkout page.

In most platforms such as Squarespace or Shopify you can populate these policies in settings and they will appear in the product page or checkout page as links or pop up windows.

 
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Newsletter Subscription Disclaimer:

If you collect email addresses from those wanting to subscribe to your newsletter, you can add information about how you use this data to the Disclaimer field.  You can simply say “We respect your privacy” or have a link to a more detailed PDF or page containing your privacy policy.

 

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 Announcements:

 If you recently updated or changed your policies, it is a good idea to announce this to site visitors. You can do this by adding an announcement bar to the top of your website or a pop-up window that appears automatically as visitor enters the site.

 

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 GDPR and your website:

 The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is a European privacy law effective starting May 25, 2018. The GDPR regulates how individuals and organizations may collect, use, and retain personal data. If you have visitors or customers in Europe, you should comply with GDPR and understand the regulation as a website owner.

For further information on GDPR please seek legal advice.


**Webby Web Design cannot provide more specific help on content and words to use in your terms, policies, or legal notices. Please seek Legal advice to help you further.

Meirav Dulberg