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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.
Privacy Policies are legally required by global privacy laws if you collect or use personal information.
The general definition of "personal information" is "any piece of information that can be used to identify an individual."
Personal information includes the obvious pieces of data such as first and last names, email addresses, street addresses, telephone numbers, financial information and ID numbers. But it also includes less intuitive pieces of "information" such as data collected via some cookies and IP addresses.
They're legally required
If you collect or use personal information, you'll have to comply with privacy laws put in place around the world to protect consumer privacy. These laws will apply regardless of where your business itself is located, as they work to protect consumers in specific regions. For example, if your business is located in the U.S. but you have users in the EU, the EU's GDPR will still apply to you.
Consumers expect to see them
As privacy concerns grow, the number of countries projected to enact this requirement will grow.
For a current directory, see our article: Privacy Laws By Country.
With the global nature of business, it's best to be aware of all the leading privacy laws, and look more specifically into laws in areas where you're certain you do business.
In general, you need to be aware of the following laws:
The law defines 'personal information' as names, birthdays, income statistics, race or ethnic origin, employee data and other private data.
After the GDPR, most new privacy laws are showing a mirroring effect to this law. In other words, the GDPR set the new standard for privacy laws and we will surely see its impacts in other countries and privacy laws around the world.
The Data Protection Act of 1998 (DPA) is a UK law that's 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 Australia Privacy Act of 1988 is an Australian law that applies to 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 violate the laws of a country where they are not incorporated but perform transactions.
Within your website footer
When requesting personal information
Privacy Policies need to be written in a way that covers all required, important information but does so in a way that's easy to understand by your average consumer.
The first step is to sit down and get an honest, thorough view of exactly what personal data your business collects, exactly why you collect it, and what you specifically do with it all.
The purpose of a disclaimer is to avoid or limit liability due to a user's misunderstanding of your content.
In more detail, disclaimers address specific types of liability for products or content.
For example, a medical website will include a medical disclaimer stating that the content is only shared for informative purposes and should not replace the care of a medical doctor.
A financial company that talks about the stock market will include a disclaimer stating that the content isn't guaranteed to lead to financial wealth.
Disclaimers are usually on standalone web pages or included in a Terms and Conditions agreement.
A Terms & Conditions agreement (T&C) is used to maintain more control over your website or app. In other words, it helps protect you as the business owner.
A T&C explains your rules, conditions of use, and other requirements regarding the use of your website or app. It provides information about topics like copyright protection, user-generated content, no tolerance policies against abuse and harassment, and how non-payment of subscription fees will be handled.
Another key difference is that while Privacy Policies are legally required, a Terms and Conditions agreement is not required under any laws.
However, having a Terms & Conditions agreement will help you enforce your rules and preserve a cause to terminate accounts if users violate your terms.