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Need a privacy policy? Here are 3 options for small businesses

Creating a privacy policy is one of many tasks your business should complete before getting your website or app up and running. In almost every part of the world, a privacy policy is a legal requirement for businesses that collect data on their customers or website visitors.

Depending on your budget and data collection practices, you have three options for creating a privacy policy.

1. Hire a lawyer for a bespoke policy

Engaging a lawyer to write a custom privacy policy is ideal for businesses that collect and use data in a variety of ways, or are subject to international data protection laws like the GDPR.

While this is the most expensive option (with some law firms charging upwards of $1,000), it can save you from having to decipher international laws by yourself, and give you peace of mind that your policy complies with all applicable regulation.

2. Write your own privacy policy

If you’re a small local business or freelancer, you probably don’t need to comply with as many complex data protection laws.

To get your business compliant with standard online privacy laws in your region, you can follow our simple guide on how to write your own privacy policy.

This is the ideal option for business owners who have a good understanding of their privacy obligations, as well as the time and writing skills to put together a policy.

3. Generate a privacy policy – for free!

If you’re time-poor, have a small budget, or your writing skills aren’t so great, you can save yourself the hassle by using a privacy policy generator.

This is a popular option for business owners who have an idea of their privacy obligations, but don’t have enough time or interest to write it all down. All you need to do is spend a few minutes filling out a form with your business’ details, and the generator will do the rest.

The content provided by free privacy policy generators will suffice for many business with low compliance needs. Most of them, however, also offer additional options catering to businesses who need more comprehensive content. Our service, for example, offers GDPR-ready privacy policies, a cookie policy, and other templates for eCommerce sites, SaaS sites and blogs.

Every business is unique and constantly evolving, so regardless of which option you choose to go with, you should periodically review your privacy policy, current practices, and recent legislation to ensure your policy is up to date and your business stays compliant.

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