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Why Your Website Needs Terms & Policies

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Not having website policies puts you at risk of accruing big fines and violating personal information privacy laws. Yikes, right?! Thankfully, there’s an easy way to make sure your website is compliant and up to date so that you’re protected protects you from any violations.

Disclosure: This blog post contains referral links to a website terms and policy provider that I use personally and with my client’s website. I receive a referral commission through purchases made through the links in this post. You are not required to purchase or use this service.

You may not be aware of this, but there are actually several privacy laws in place that protect personally identifiable information of its citizens and can land you with fines anywhere from $2,500 to $7,500 per website visitor!

Why do you need website policies?

There are several privacy laws in effect that require certain websites to have a Privacy Policy. A Privacy Policy is a statement provided on a website that explains how you collect, use, and disclose personally identifiable information (PII). Any website that has as little as a contact form is collecting Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and should have a Privacy Policy. 

In addition, more and more states are proposing their own privacy laws, each with their own unique requirements and penalties for not complying. Some of these bills would enable citizens to sue businesses for simply having a contact form without an updated Privacy Policy. Several states make note that businesses of any size and any location will have to comply or may face fines or lawsuits.

With more and more privacy laws on the horizon and the continual updates and amendments to the ones currently on the books, I recommend not only having a Privacy Policy in place but making sure it’s up to date with any newly required disclosures.

But that sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it? And I bet you don’t have time to stay up to date on privacy laws across the country and internationally too! Thankfully, there’s an easy way to protect yourself

What can you do to get protected?

If you do not have the budget to hire a privacy attorney to create and keep your policies up to date, I recommend using Termageddon. Termageddon is a comprehensive website policies generator and will update your website policies when privacy laws change, helping you stay compliant and avoid fines and lawsuits, and they do it at a fraction of the cost of a privacy attorney. A Termageddon license includes a set of policies (Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, Disclaimer and more) to help ensure your website and business is protected.

If Termageddon sounds like a good solution for your business, the license costs $99/year. You will have full access to your policies with your own Termageddon account, and you will be notified when new laws go into effect and when your policies are being updated, or when new disclosures require additional questions that need to be answered.

No matter what you decide to do with your website, it’s important to make sure your website is up to date and compliant in order to avoid lawsuits and fees.

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I’m Chaucee, a web designer and marketing expert with over 10 years of experience. Welcome to my blog where I’ll share my best web design tips and marketing strategies for entrepreneurs.


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