It is almost impossible to watch the news nowadays without seeing some privacy scandal or another. Facebook is sharing the data of its users with third parties, Google is gobbling up medical records and a new GDPR violation fine is imposed with alarming frequency. With privacy laws being passed and new bills being introduced, it is hard to keep track of what is really going on. You may be asking yourself:
- Why do I need one?
In this post, we hope to answer all of the above questions so that you can understand your obligations regarding privacy protections online.
- What data you collect;
- What you do with that data; and
- Who you share it with.
- Use of analytics programs;
- Data retention period;
- Sale of personal information;
- Use of direct marketing;
- Response to Do Not Track signals;
- Possibility of data transfers;
- Rights of the user with respect to their data; and
- Location of data processing.
- European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation;
- The California Online Privacy Protection Act of 2003;
- The California Consumer Privacy Act; and
- Nevada Revised Statutes Chapter 603A and SB220.
Furthermore, nine states have proposed their own privacy bills, including Hawaii, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Washington, New York, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Rhode Island. These privacy bills would require websites that collect personal information to have Privacy Policies that comply with state requirements. Finally, as we see with the other privacy laws that are already in effect, these bills would reach businesses outside of those respective states as well.