Privacy Policy for Facebook Retargeting

Privacy Policy for Facebook Retargeting

If you use retargeting on Facebook such as with Facebook Pixel or another Website Custom Audiences tool, you're going to need to create a Privacy Policy or update your current Policy to inform users of your use of retargeting.

This is because whenever personally identifying user information is collected from users, a Privacy Policy is legally required, and retargeting collects identifying personal information about users.

Retargeting can be excellent for your business, but it does come with increased compliance requirements.

In retargeting, personal information is collected and then used across the internet to show targeted advertisements based on the collected information.

Retargeting also uses cookies to track and access users, which triggers a legal requirement for a Privacy Policy as well.

A Privacy Policy is required by a number of international laws and directives including:

The use of cookies in retargeting triggers the requirements of the EU Cookies Directive. If your business reaches EU citizens and places cookies on their devices (which your Facebook retargeting does), you're going to need to inform your users:

  • That you use these cookies,
  • How you use them as part of retargeting, and
  • Obtain consent before using cookies

Use the Privacy Policy Generator to include the necessary clause for Facebook retargeting within your Privacy Policy.

Most businesses meet the requirements of the EU Cookies Directive by including a section about cookies usage within a Privacy Policy, or through a separate Cookies Policy page.

Here's an example of how Sleep Train includes a Cookies section in its main Privacy Policy:

Sleep Train Privacy Policy: Cookies Section on Retargeting

You can also create a separate Cookies Policy if you prefer, such as this one from Wabco:

Wabco footer: Highlight Cookies Policy link

A Privacy Policy is Required by Facebook

Before you can activate and start using Facebook retargeting, you'll have to agree to Facebook's Terms For Conversion Tracking, Custom Audiences From Your Website, and Custom Audiences From Your Mobile App.

These terms from Facebook include a section that requires that you provide:

"clear and prominent notice on each webpage where Facebook Tools are used that links to a clear explanation (a) that third parties, including Facebook, may use cookies, web beacons, and other storage technologies to collect or receive information from your websites and elsewhere on the internet and use that information to provide measurement services and target ads, (b) how users can opt-out of the collection and use of information for ad targeting, and (c) where a user can access a mechanism for exercising such choice."

Here it is:

Facebook Custom Audiences and Tracking Retargeting Terms Highlight

This can be easily accomplished by updating your Privacy Policy to inform users about your use of retargeting.

Note that Facebook also requires Facebook Page admins to have a Privacy Policy.

Our Privacy Policy Generator makes it easy to create a Privacy Policy for your website. Just follow these steps:

  1. Click on the "Privacy Policy Generator" button.
  2. At Step 1, select the Website option and click "Next step":
  3. TermsFeed Privacy Policy Generator: Create Privacy Policy - Step 1

  4. Answer the questions about your website and click "Next step" when finished:
  5. TermsFeed Privacy Policy Generator: Answer questions about website - Step 2

  6. Answer the questions about your business practices and click "Next step" when finished:
  7. TermsFeed Privacy Policy Generator: Answer questions about business practices  - Step 3

  8. Enter your email address where you'd like your policy sent, select translation versions and click "Generate."

    TermsFeed Privacy Policy Generator: Enter your email address - Step 4

    You'll be able to instantly access and download your new Privacy Policy.


Examples

Here's how a few different businesses that participate in Facebook retargeting with Facebook Pixel let users know of this in their Privacy Policies.

Cvent

Cvent includes a section in its Privacy Policy called "Advertising and Analytics".

This is where users are informed that Cvent uses:

"Facebook Custom Audiences to deliver advertisements to Website Visitors on Facebook based on email addresses" and that Cvent may use information they collect from users "to display advertisements from our Customers to their target audience of users."

Here's a screenshot:

Cvent Privacy Policy: Advertising and Analytics section on Facebook Retargeting Custom Audiences

Sleep Train

Sleep Train's Privacy Policy has a separate section specifically for Facebook Custom Audience Ads. This section lets users know about the use of interest-based ads, how personal information is used, and how a user can opt out of these ads:

Sleep Train Privacy Policy: Section on Facebook Custom Ads retargeting

Goodgame Studios

Goodgame Studios includes a section in its Privacy Policy titled "Cookies of third party providers and tracking."

A sub section titled "Facebook Conversion Tracking Pixel" includes information about the Facebook tool, including that the tool allows Goodgame Studios to "follow the actions of users after they are redirected to a provider's website by clicking on a Facebook advertisement."

Facebook's own Privacy Policy is linked here, as well as a link to where a user can revoke consent to be tracked:

Goodgame Studios Privacy Policy: Facebook Conversion Tracking Pixel Retargeting

Meininger Hotels

The Meininger Hotels' Data Privacy Statement has a paragraph about the use of "Custom Audience Pixel."

These pixels are defined and explained, letting users know that they're "a tiny piece of JavaScript code that we have incorporated into each of our web pages" and that "this piece of code provides a series of functions for transmitting application-specific events and user-defined data to Facebook."

Users are further informed that "this pixel records information about the user's browsing session, which it sends to Facebook, along with a hashed version of the Facebook ID and the URL viewed" and that this is all so that Meininger can advertise its services to people on Facebook:

Meininger Hotels Privacy Policy: Section on Audience Pixel Retargeting

Glitch Festival

Glitch Festival has a Facebook Pixel section in its Privacy Policy.

This short paragraph summarizes in a really basic way how Facebook Pixel works by letting users know that pixels track what actions people take after viewing ads, and that these tracking pixels are added to pages where conversions will happen.

An opt-out link is provided, and users are informed that no personal information is collected or contained in the pixels.

Glitch Festival Privacy Policy: Highlight on Retargeting

Spotify

Spotify's Privacy Policy includes a chart that very clearly breaks down what types of cookies and other tracking technologies are used, and for what purpose:

Spotify Privacy Policy: Cookies Chart Retargeting

A separate section immediately following this chart lets users know how they can manage their cookie preferences:

Spotify Privacy Policy: the Manage Cookies section

Zynga

Zynga's Privacy Policy includes a bullet-point list of some kinds of technical information it collects via its tracking technologies, such as Facebook Pixel.

An opt-out link is also provided, as well as a link to more detailed information about Third Party Advertising Including Tailored Advertising and Analytics.

Zynga Privacy Policy: Facebook Pixel

As you can see, there isn't one correct way to present cookie and retargeting information for your Facebook retargeting in your Privacy Policy.

Use the Privacy Policy Generator to include the necessary clause for Facebook retargeting within your Privacy Policy.

This can be done in so many ways and formats, so long as the following information is included and users are informed:

  • That third parties, including Facebook, may use cookies, web beacons, and other storage technologies to collect or receive specific types of information and use that information to provide targeted ads,
  • How they can opt-out of this data collection and use of information for ad targeting, and
  • Where they can actually opt out of this, such as an actual link to an opt-out form.

This will keep you compliant with privacy and data laws, as well as the Facebook Website Custom Audiences Terms.

Sara P.

Sara P.

Law school graduate, B.A. in English/Writing. In-house writer.

This article is not a substitute for professional legal advice. This article does not create an attorney-client relationship, nor is it a solicitation to offer legal advice.