Disclaimer: Before we get too far into this, please note that I’m not an attorney. Always consult with a lawyer who understands your industry legislation requirements.
- It can be completed in an afternoon. It gets right to the meat and potatoes. No fluff, just the how and why of what you need to protect your business. Each module includes explainer videos and easy-to-edit template files.
- The templates provided are in plain language. It’s easy for you as a business owner to edit and omit what isn’t relevant.
- There is currently a bonus about GDPR. It deals specifically with visitors from the EU. Info on how this can apply to your Canadian business site is outlined. Even if you don’t specifically target EU visitors. Your Google Analytics can help you determine if you are getting EU visitors.
- The templates are created by a Canadian lawyer, specifically for Canadian businesses. Corrine Boudreau is a Nova Scotian attorney I have personally sent clients to for legal advice. In her package, it’s easy to connect with her as the course creator for any additional questions you may have. Finally, a truly Canadian product!
It not only covers privacy policies but also other commonly needed website legal templates
Who doesn’t like a well-rounded resource? The Website Legal Essentials Package is called that for a reason: it’s got everything you need!
- Copyright Notice Template. To protect your website content and clarify how others can reproduce it.
- Website Disclaimer Template. This can serve several needs. Disclosing affiliation, how your website content is informational but not professional advice, etc.
What is considered personal information by PIPEDA? The following is directly from PIPEDA website, but I encourage you to double check the latest version.
- Age, name, ID numbers, income, ethnic origin, or blood type;
- opinions, evaluations, comments, social status, or disciplinary actions; and
- employee files, credit records, loan records, medical records, the existence of a dispute between a consumer and a merchant, intentions (for example, to acquire goods or services, or change jobs).
Well, you may be out of hot water with PIPEDA, but then you have the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) to contend with. This is a great primer article about the differences between PIPEDA and CASL.
Under PIPEDA, “An individual must be able to challenge your organization’s compliance with the fair information principles. They should address their challenge to the person in your organization who is accountable for compliance with PIPEDA.2” If you’re the only one in your business, guess what: you’re the person responsible for compliance. Not your web designer or developer. Unless they are your employee and appointed to be responsible, this all comes down to you, baby!
Users have the right to contact you and request their information be removed from their site. Do you know where to find that information? Some of the most common ways we collect data on-site include:
- Contact forms. Some keep copies of submissions right on your site, others don’t.
- Email opt-ins freebies, and downloads. Mailchimp, Active Campaign, Convert Kit – they are all third parties that may be passing along data.
- Comments. People should know how to contact you in case they are unable to remove their comments from your site.
- Tracking. If you use Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager, or Facebook Pixel, disclose this.
- Make sure it’s obvious that the link is clickable.
- It does not need to be in your main navigation.
- Depending on what other terms and conditions you have, it may also be located in your Cookie banner.
- It doesn’t have to be fancy or designed. Keep it as easy to read as possible
- Be sure to note that date whenever you make changes.