Website legal policies are no joke. Unfortunately, it seems to be something that not many people mention when it comes to building a website.
While there are plenty of free templates floating around online, the truth is that it’s most likely not enough to fully protect your business – leaving you at risk to be fined or sued.
The same way every chart of accounts you create for a client is customized to fit their specific business needs, so are website legal policies. No size truly fits all.
While templates can be a great place to start, and are better than having nothing at all, you aren’t fully protected. Especially with laws and policies being added and updated every year.
**Disclaimer: I’m not a law firm and this article is not intended to provide legal advice. I highly recommend that you speak to your attorney for specific advice. I’m just a small business owner like you sharing helpful resources.**
Chances are, the primary goal of your bookkeeping or other small business website is to generate more quality leads. Whether it be because of contact forms, embedded appointment schedulers, website analytics tools, or a newsletter integration, your website is constantly collecting the personal information of its users.
Why are privacy policies important?
Over the past few years years, privacy laws have been implemented by certain states and countries to protect the personal information of its citizens. Over the coming years, more privacy laws will be introduced. Privacy fines can range from $2,500 up to $7,500 per infringement (which could mean per website visitor).
This is also why I now recommend Termageddon to all of my web design clients.
I even use Termageddon on my own website and completed their course to become a data privacy certified agency partner.
It’s super simple to setup by completing a detailed questionnaire. Afterwards, you add the information to your website and as the laws change, your policies will automatically update! Here’s a quick overview of the details:
- Investment: Only $10/month or $99/year
- Your policies stay up to date automatically
- You receive updates directly from Termageddon when new privacy laws are going into effect
- You also receive notifications when new questions need to be answered to ensure you are compatible with new required disclosures
- Attorney friendly – Invite your attorney to review the policies and even ‘override’ sections of each policy to their liking, if they wish.
- Future updates will be suggested by Termageddon, but they won’t override what your attorney changed without your permission.