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How to write a privacy policy

GetTerms.io makes it easy to create your own privacy policy statement. Just fill out our form and we’ll generate a simple terms of service and privacy policy you can adapt and use on your own website.

Writing your own privacy policy

Whether you start from scratch or with a Getterms.io policy, you’ll want to ensure your privacy statement covers:

  • What personal information you collect
  • Why and how you collect it, and whether it’s mandatory
  • What you use it for
  • Who controls and processes it
  • What you retain, and where you store it
  • How you keep it secure
  • Who can access it (third parties)
  • Whether you use cookies
  • Whether you use the data in automated decision-making
  • Your users’ rights regarding their personal information

Unlike a Terms of Service statement, a privacy policy is mandatory in almost every country and jurisdiction around the world. Depending on your processes, offerings and infrastructure, you may be required to provide more detailed disclosures, such as how you treat international data transfers or how you use cookies.

Additionally, you may need to request specific legal agreements throughout your site or app whenever you ask users for personally identifying information—for example, explicitly asking users to accept your Terms of Service and Privacy Policy before they can submit a signup form.

Finally, many regulations now also require privacy policies to be written in language that’s easy to understand, free from jargon and convoluted wording.

Using a GetTerms.io privacy policy

Our aim is to provide you with a viable document, written in plain English, that you can use as a starting point for developing your content. When you fill out our form, we’ll generate a privacy policy based on your criteria, which you can adapt and use on your own website.

The privacy policy statements provided by GetTerms.io are of a general nature, based on typical, reasonable and fair use of information. They are not a substitute for organisational policy development, professional legal advice, or a bespoke privacy policy.