Three Myths about collecting information from website users Reply

MYTH: collecting just an email address from website users is unregulated

MYTH: collecting information from children using a website is unregulated

MYTH: how website users who provide their email address are contacted is unregulated

ALL THREE OF THESE STATEMENTS ARE MYTHS. None of these are instances when collecting information from website users is unregulated.

There are laws in place regulating how information can be collected from website users. If any personal information is being collected from website users it is important to have a customized “Privacy Policy” and “Terms of Use” for your website. A Privacy Policy and Terms of Use provide an important function on a website. They give details about what information is being collected, how it is stored and used… and they operate as a digital agreement between the website user and the website operator (just to name a few of the functions).

For more information see: Privacy Policies are often required on Commercial Websites: http://wp.me/p10nNq-bL; The California Online Privacy Protection Act: http://oag.ca.gov/privacy/COPPA; CAN-SPAM Act: Compliance Guide for Business: http://www.business.ftc.gov/documents/bus61-can-spam-act-compliance-guide-business; Children’s Online Privacy: http://business.ftc.gov/privacy-and-security/children%E2%80%99s-online-privacy; EU ‘safe harbor’ arrangement: http://www.ita.doc.gov/td/ecom/menu.html; @iplegalfreebies and www.kasterlegal.com.

BY: Vanessa Kaster, Esq., LL.M.

vk@kasterlegal.com

 

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