Yes, it most likely does. Dealing with website privacy policies is a not-so-fun part of having your own website, but it’s increasingly important for businesses of all sizes in all locations.
Note: I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice. Always consult your attorney prior to implementing any compliance solutions or if you’re facing a specific privacy issue.
Privacy policies have been around for a while, but they’re much more important and widespread these days, especially since GDPR in the EU and a variety of privacy laws in the U.S. were passed. And the laws and regulations are often changing.
I use and recommend a service called Termageddon*, who shares this on their website:
Multiple privacy laws are already in place that protect the [Personally Identifiable Information (PII)] of consumers and apply to businesses across state lines. On top of that, over 15 privacy laws have been proposed on a state by state basis.
Note: Termageddon is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice. Always consult an attorney with questions.
- You install it on your website via an embed code, which means when you make changes to your policy details (or when a new law comes out and Termageddon updates their language), it automatically updates your site. You don’t need to log in and update your policy.
- They have amazing support. You can email them and they’ll get back to you pretty quickly – and they don’t charge extra to help you out at all.
There are dozens of other options out there, many of them free to set up, but Termageddon is the only one I fully recommend*. This is such an important part of a website these days that I have all my website design clients sign a waiver saying they’ll figure out their own privacy policies for the site if we don’t work it out together.
You can also work with an attorney or someone on your legal team to craft one for your business specifically. If you have the budget for this, it’s absolutely the way to go!
Termageddon’s policies are “attorney-friendly,” meaning you can invite your attorney to review the policies and override sections of them if needed. This is often easier and more budget-friendly than having an attorney write your policies from scratch.
What Else You’ll Need: Cookie Policies, Terms & Conditions, and Disclaimers
Terms and Conditions/Terms of Service
If your website links to third party websites, or if you do any e-commerce, you should have a Terms & Conditions page. If someone ends up on a third party site via your website and gets hacked, having a good Terms & Conditions document will help prevent you from getting sued. See my Terms of Service page.
Termageddon also says that a Terms and Conditions can provide a DMCA notice, which helps your business avoid a lawsuit for improper use of copyrighted material like licensed images. If you’re using stock photos or other photos that aren’t your own, this can give extra peace of mind.
If you share affiliate links on your website, you’ll need a Disclaimer. See my disclaimer. Disclaimers are also required for any website that provides health advice or legal advice.
If you have any questions about getting policies set up, feel free to reach out. Getting policies set up on your website is a necessary part of running a business these days, and it’s worth it once it’s done. I recommend setting aside 2-4 hours to get this all done, and/or talking to your attorney to find the best solution for your business.