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Data Privacy Certified Agency Partner Status

Data Privacy Certified Agency Partner

Manz Web Designs, LLC is now a certified agency partner for data privacy with Termageddon!  If you have a website and are collecting data, such as, Google Analytics, Contact Forms, etc., you are at risk for a law suit.

How do I know if I need protection?

What is a Privacy Policy?

A Privacy Policy discloses to its users what information a website collects, with whom that information is shared with and what is done with that information.

Is this just a global or national concern?

This is not just about the GDPR or even national in scope!  Individual states are proposing privacy laws to protect the “Personally Identifiable Information” (PII) of its citizens.

What are some examples of Personally Identifiable Information (PII)?

Examples of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) are ‘name’ and ‘email’, which are often found on contact forms.

Do privacy laws only affect websites in the states that has the law?

No! Privacy laws apply to any website that collects data from that state or country.

Can I be sued for not having the proper privacy documentation on my website?

Yes! Several states are proposing private right of action, meaning its citizens will be able to sue businesses, regardless of business’s size or location, for having a contact form without a compliant Privacy Policy.

How do I know if I need a Privacy Policy?

If your website falls into one or more of the following scenario, you absolutely need one!

  • An eCommerce website where users can make purchases
  • A website that has a contact form
  • A website that has an email newsletter sign-up form
  • A website that has Google Analytics installed

These are all examples of websites that collect Personally Identifiable Information. Google Analytics Terms of Service requires you to have a Privacy Policy to use it. Thus, all of these websites need a Privacy Policy.

Additionally, businesses with contact forms that receive inquiries across state or country lines will need to comply with each state or country-specific privacy law to avoid fines and lawsuits.

For more information, please see https://termageddon.com/need-website-privacy-policy/

What about Disclaimers?

If any of the following fit your business/offerings, you should have a Disclaimer:

  • A website that participates in affiliate programs;
  • A website that advertises third-party products or services;
  • A website that sells or displays health products;
  • A website that provides health or fitness advice;
  • A website that provides information that could be seen as legal advice
All of these websites take actions that the website owner could be held responsible for in case something goes wrong. It is best to have a Disclaimer to help lessen that responsibility.
Bud Manz is a strong advocate of the Open Source movement, believing that the way to making one's self the best they can be is most effectively accomplished by helping other people succeed. He enjoys arranging (and singing!) hymns, gardening, and most things geeky :)