Existing customers received this updated template for free, as part of our “free updates so you don’t worry about legislation changes” policy.
You might be aware that the EU recently introduced tighter Privacy legislation. The new legislation is called “GDPR” (General Data Protection Regulation) and required almost all major websites, social media services and online businesses to update their Privacy Policies.
You probably received a flurry of emails about this around the end of May 2018.
This EU legislation only applies to online businesses that serve EU citizens – but “serving EU citizens” now includes just collecting their email address! In addition, although the UK is leaving the EU under Brexit, the UK has duplicated this EU legislation and so if you collect the email address of a UK citizen, then you’re caught by these regulations.
We’ve written a full guide about complying with GDPR here:
In particular, Privacy Policies are being written in plain English and are beginning to have standard sections, for example:
- Who We Are
- Information We Collect From You (including Cookies and Pixels)
- How We Use Your Information (including Personally Identifiable Information and Non-Personally Identifiable Information)
- Storage and Security of Your Information
- Sharing Your Information with Third Parties
- Disclosure of Your Information
- Links to Other Website
- Contact Us
What if I need to comply with GDPR?
If you do not market or sell products or services to UK or EU citizens, then the GDPR requirements do not apply to you – and you don’t need to do anything more. But we do recommend that you make it clear on your website that you are not marketing to UK or EU citizens.
But if you do business in the UK or EU, you need to comply with the GDPR requirements.
If you need to fully comply with GDPR and have a business that has to meet more stringent requirements – for example, you collect sensitive personal information, offer hosting services to EU clients, etc. – we offer a GDPR review service with advice on how to comply.
For more information about our GDPR review service please Contact Us.