I just wanted to send a quick note to let you know that I just used TermsFeed to generate three agreements for a mobile app that we are developing. It almost felt too simple!
Apr 25, 2018 - generated agreements for his mobile app.
Personal data is any kind of data that can identify an individual: email address, first and last name, billing and shipping address, credit card information, and so on.
Use this agreement everywhere:
If you already have this agreement for your store, make sure to follow these tips:
If you use at least one third party tool that might collect personal data through your mobile app, you need this agreement in place.
Each app store also requires you to have this agreement in place before submitting the mobile app:
Most SaaS apps are using this agreement to disclose what kind of personal data might be collected through the app from users:
Privacy Policies are essential for all websites and apps. Besides offering transparency to users who are using your website and/or app, Privacy Policies are also a matter of a legal compliance.
The general definition of "personal information" includes names, email addresses, street addresses, telephone numbers, and any other data that can be used to identify or contact a user.
Credit card numbers and other payment information, if you run a subscription service, definitely fall under this definition as well.
First, you must inform users of the risk of using your website or app.
By outlining the type of personal information you require and describing how you use it, potential users can make an informed decision on whether the risks of sharing their information are worth the benefits of your website/app.
Second, making expectations clear protects you from liability.
Third, the international character of websites and apps require knowledge of laws outside your own jurisdiction.
The U.S. federal laws (COPPA) address children's privacy, so you need to be aware of that if you distribute children's games and apps in the U.S.
You need to be aware of the following laws:
Even though the U.S. lacks a federal law regarding privacy policies and protection, California is one of the most populated states and if you do business in the U.S., you most likely have users from California.
COPPA is the only federal law regarding privacy in the U.S. regarding privacy of children.
So, your product or service is designed for children under 13, you need to take extra caution with data handling. This law is not limited to U.S. companies and also applies to foreign businesses with users from the U.S.
The law defines 'personal information' as names, birthdays, income statistics, race or ethnic origin, employee data and other private data.
The U.K. law is only relevant to businesses from the UK.
Any business that collects, stores, and uses personal information must follow data processing requirements and limit the amount of personal information collected to only what's necessary.
Email addresses, full names, identifying numbers, and birth dates all fall under personal information.
The Australian law generally addresses companies handling personal information.
Using a list of privacy principles, it describes acceptable data collection, use, and storage policies that are well-covered if you have a Privacy By Design approach in your company. While the law predates mobile apps and many cloud software services, it's interpreted as being applicable to them.
You must be aware of not only local and federal laws in your jurisdiction but also those of where your website, app or service will be available.
Many legal issues occur with companies because they violated the laws of a country where they are not incorporated but perform transactions.
That's the only way to control or avoid liability.
Within your website footer section.
Dropbox follows this approach on its own website footer:
Hubspot offers a good example of this approach when creating a new account:
Clickwrap, but with a notice.
Box, a file sharing platform, adopted that method:
All of these methods meet legal requirements. Your choice will depend on your level of risk adversity.
All of the examples above give users a chance to click the link and see privacy practices before they move ahead with accepting the policy.
All Privacy Policies must contain two essential pieces of material:
Privacy Policies available online take many structures including formal legal agreement, plain language descriptions, and even an FAQ structure.
The Amazon Privacy Notice not only features plain language but also an easy-to-read FAQ format.
Disclaimers address specific types of liability and are usually present in the Terms and Conditions agreement. Occasionally, a Disclaimer can also be posted as a separate document.
The purpose of a disclaimer is to avoid liability due to a user's misunderstanding.
Users are encouraged to see their health professional regarding symptoms rather than act on what they discover online.
Disclaimers exist solely to avoid liability and are not necessarily there to give users details on how data helps their use of the app or service.
A Terms & Conditions Agreement (T&C) explains rules, conditions, and requirements regarding the use of your website or app. The Terms & Conditions addresses items like copyright protection, no tolerance policies against abuse and harassment, and non-payment of subscription fees.
It's not required to have a Terms and Conditions under any laws. However, having a Terms & Conditions will help you enforce any rules and preserve a cause to terminate when a user quits paying fees. It's the only way you can enforce these requirements.
Any time you develop a website and/or app that collects and shares personal information, you cannot rely on the Terms & Conditions agreement alone. You'll likely violate the laws and make it difficult to argue that your privacy statement was conspicuous.