Third Parties Count, Too
Remember, too, that even if you do none of the above, you may still work with third-party companies that collect visitor information. Your website hosting company may do just that as part of its ordinary daily business. Any analytics program that you install on your site that collects IP addresses would also fall under this requirement.
Ignorance Doesn’t Excuse You From the Law
Truste.com specializes in privacy and security applications, audits and related programs and even includes EU-compliant products and services for companies that do business with or in the EU. It’s not cheap, but they know their stuff and have small business options.
FreePrivacyPolicy.com (be forewarned that you’ll be added to their mailing list, but you can always opt out!)
Each of these sites will ask you a few questions about how you collect visitor and customer information, and then will automatically give you a template to add to your website. It takes literally a couple of minutes, unless you have a very complicated business structure, in which case you really should have an attorney draw one up for you.
If you know of other resources for small businesses with regards to generating privacy policies, let me know or just share them in the comments below!
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