The subject of this blog post may not have incited a great amount of interest or excitement in you. After all, who wants to talk about legal stuff? Doesn’t that involve a lot of dull information and confusing jargon?
Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer and the information that I present here should in no way be confused with or substituted for professional legal advice. If you need professional legal advice around this topic, you should contact a lawyer.
This begs the question – what exactly is “personally identifiable information”? It is basically any data, either anonymous or personal, that can be used, either by itself or in connection with another type of data, to identify an individual. This includes everything from email addresses, names, phone numbers, shipping and billing addresses, birthdates, and profile images to info collected by Google Analytics, website cookies, and IP addresses.
- The policy should be written in easy-to-understand language, that the average person can understand. It should clearly declare what information you are gathering, what you will do with the information gathered, how you are gathering that information, and how the information will be stored.
- The policy should follow the laws of the state or region where you do business or aim your services to and be specifically tailored to your individual business.