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Disclosing how your website collects user information is not only ethical, several laws actually require privacy policies.
- Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule “COPPA” requires certain requirements on operators of websites or online services directed to children under 13 years of age, and on operators of other websites or online services that have actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information online from a child under 13 years of age. The truth is, you don’t know if a person 13 years old or younger is on your site so it’s good practice to protect yourself just in case.
- California Consumer Protection Act gives consumers more control over the personal information that businesses collect about them. You can read more about this law here.
- European Union- General Data Protection Regulation “GDPR“, governs how personal data of individuals in the EU may be processed and transferred. While you may not live in the EU, your readers may, therefore it is really important to comply with this law and protect yourself accordingly.
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The legal side of blogging can easily be ignored, but we urge you to consider protecting yourself and your brand from the beginning. We have had some excellent podcast episodes with attorney’s who specifically work with content creators. We have listed those resources below.