Why Every Website Should Have a Privacy Policy

I hope you heard the news, Yahoo hit in worst hack ever, 500 million accounts swiped. After this mega internet security breach, I was upset.

I started to wonder if I need to be more concerned about my online security (personal) and work ethics (as a webmaster) .

After some research, I came to know that I should have SSL certificate and Privacy Policy page on my website so that people and search engines should know that I am a professional web-blogger and that I do care about their online security.

For knowing the benefits of having such a Privacy Policy page for my website, I made a research on the internet. I read many posts, some were good, some were complex (hard to understand).Anyway, I am now clear about this subject and can write a post about the benefits of having a privacy policy page.

If you are trying to understand that why you need to have one if even you are just having few readers, this post is for you.

The background

It is this: nowadays, as I just mentioned above- internet security is becoming an issue and a cause to worry about many online visitors. They are both curious and sensitive to their online information. People online want to be sure that their personal information (which they enter online, such as their credit card information, their date of birth and other information) is safe and secure.

Sure, most of the online visitors don’t read privacy policy but it’s the duty of all professional website owners to have one.

There are two benefits of having a privacy policy page

  1. For your online visitors, they will be happy to know that you are safeguarding their information.
  2. For you- the benefit is that you will look credible, authentic, responsible and transparent about your intentions of using information and doing business.

Why you should have a privacy policy?

By having a PP, you are telling your visitors that you will secure their information and that you are a trustworthy guy. You are disclosing your intent as to how you will use their information. If you are having a third-party advertisement on your website, you will mention in your privacy policy too.

Search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing also give preferences and they really want you to have it as a disclosure.

Creating Privacy Policy

There are many methods available out there. Some website owners hire legal consultants for crafting their policy according to their needs and type of business. And there are some who prefer online automated software. It’s up to you which alternative you would like to choose.

As far as I am concerned, I opted for http://privacypolicies.com/. They have the very easy procedure. All you need to do is to fill their prescribed form. Once you are done with it, they will email you your privacy policy.( Please note that they do charge some money if you don’t want to give them credit.)

You can also opt for Snapterms for creating a robust, authentic and easy to read Privacy Policy for your website.

Related Links:

Why SSL? The Purpose of using SSL Certificates

The Importance of having a Privacy Policy on your website

Author: Waqar Ahmed

Waqar Ahmed is a professional freelancer since last five years, primarily working at Upwork. He writes about motivation, technology, personal growth, and about everything that he learns time to time. When he's free, he reads books, watches documentaries on YouTube or learning something new at Udemy!

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