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Do I need a privacy policy?

Privacy Policy

September 19, 2019

A privacy policy is required by Data protection regulations. Data protection is becoming ever more important so make sure you have an adequate, up to date, coherent and accessible privacy policy.

  • A privacy policy explains to customers, users or website visitors what information you collect from them, and how you are going to use it.
  • A privacy policy is necessary in order for you to comply with your legal obligations. It also reassures the public that you will use their personal information in accordance with the law.
  • Businesses who choose to ignore the rules may face substantial fines.

Do I need a privacy policy?

Even the simplest of websites will collect information about visitors.

  • Website hosts collect log files which store information about the visitors to your website such as their IP address, the type of browser they are using, their geographical location, the times they accessed your site and the pages they looked at. However, most websites go further than this, and will use cookies, forms and other mechanisms to collect more data.
  • Following the introduction of new European legislation, sites ought to make an effort to obtain explicit consent before using cookies. Sites which do not comply may face fines of up to £500,000
  • Your privacy policy will need regular review, whenever your processes are in respect of holding information are updated.

We have substantial expertise in drafting and analysing privacy policies, and advising on the legal implications of collecting, processing storing and using personal information.