Website “Privacy Policies” primarily regulate how a website collects any personal information, or habits, or use patterns associated to its users and how such information that is collects will be used.
Our law office has some basic rules we try to impart to all of our clients. One of those rules is: “When possible, never annoy a government agency at any level: Federal, State, County, or City!”
Website Privacy Policies are enforced by the Federal Trade Commission
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the primary agency responsible for the enforcement of website privacy commitments. Most states have additional laws that impose obligations as to how personal information shall be maintained and what your responsibilities are if ANY personal information is stolen or disseminated to others by accident, security breach, or by criminal hackers.
Website Privacy Policies should not “Over-Promise”
Many Clients’ are Clueless that their Websites Collect’s Information
“I don’t collect visitor information.” – Are you Sure? – You may not even be aware that you collect information from your visitors. What about cookies? Do you know? Are you sure? Many websites, or the software modules that are parts of many newer websites are more interactive and friendly by using cookies. Who knew! – Right?
Many of my law colleagues’ have those sometimes-annoying, self-starting lawyer videos that start as soon as you visit the lawyer’s site. But the visitor would be really annoyed if every time the visitor clicked on a new page or returned to the HOME page that the video would start all over again. That would be annoying to the max! To fix that, the video player plug-in leaves a cookie on the visitors computer, tablet or smart phone. You have written a “secret file” on you visitor’s computer and you have to disclose that or face frivolous (but costly) lawsuits by people who file suits for a living.
Does your website have ADS running – such as Google Ad-sense?
Did your website start to get some web traffic and you thought: “Gee, with a 1,000+ visitors a day I’ll bet I could get some extra income from putting Google ads on my site.” Are you one of millions who has installed Google Ad-sense; are you an Amazon affiliate; or are there some other third party banner ads on your website? Do you think THEY are collecting data from your website visitors? You betcha!
Trust me, Google is not the site owner. You are. When you clicked “I accept the Terms and Conditions” for willingly agreeing to use Ad-sense, (yeah – that agreement that 90% of good people never read) you IN FACT agreed that you are responsible to your visitors and certain of your visitor’s data would be harvested. So then… if Google or Amazon has ads running on your site with your blessing you KNOW (or would know by reading what you agreed to when starting these services) that these companies ARE collecting info from YOUR visitors.
e-Commerce Website & Sites with “Users” Require Double Protection
Business Attorney Valerie Kramer understands that investing some time in getting your business contracts in order, handling common legal transactions, or negotiating a lease should be cost-effective.
Valerie Kramer is also a Real Estate Attorney and helps Property Owners, Buyers & Sellers, Real Estate Brokers, Commercial Tenants and others involved in everyday real estate transactions and disputes. Valeries’s clients get maximum value for every penny spent, without padded hours for unnecessary “additional services.”
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