You would like to inform people how you collect, use and respect information data;
- You would like to be in compliance under Australian federal laws on privacy; and
- Collection of personal information;
- Use of personal information;
- Disclosure of personal information;
- Rights and control of a customers personal information;
- Storage and security of personal information; and
- Website cookies and third party sites consent clauses.
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If you're still unsure if your small business needs to comply with the Privacy Act - Read more: Does my small business need to comply with the Privacy Act?
Does anybody actually read privacy policies?
It is often thought that most people who interact with different websites do not read its privacy policies. However, a recent survey undertaken by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) into community attitude towards privacy has found that 65% of people are now more likely to read Privacy Policies and 61% would check website security before giving personal information to ensure their privacy right are protected. If your website also collects personal data from browser 'cookies' (ie. blog), it is important to give users the opportunity to consent - directly or possibly from a guardian - before collecting any information.
The Australian Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) and the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) regulates the handling of personal information about individuals. If the business or website interacts with consumers outside Australia, certain international privacy laws may apply.
- European Union: The European General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) contain laws which regulate how businesses should interact with consumer data to ensure privacy rights are protected. The GDPR apply to businesses in Australia or overseas if their business or website collects European consumer data. If you are unsure whether your website is GDPR compliant, you can contact us for more information.
- Canada: The Canadian Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Acts (PIPEDA) contain laws which regulate how businesses should interact with consumer data to ensure privacy rights are protected. The PIPEDA applies to businesses in Australia or overseas if their business or website collects Canadian consumer data. If you are unsure whether your website is PIPEDA compliant, you can contact us for more information.
- California: California has two policies listed below, both of these apply to businesses in Australia or overseas if their business collects Californian consumer data. If you are unsure whether your website is COPPA & CALOPPA compliant, you can contact us for more information
- Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) which prohibits the collection of data from children under the age of 13 in the state of California
- California Online Privacy Protection Act (CALOPPA) containing laws which regulate how businesses should interact with consumer data to insure privacy rights are protected.
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