Personal information can include any of the following:
- Email address
- Mailing address
- IP address
According to California's Online Privacy Protection Act, companies that collect personal information from users who live in California are required to have this. Due to how widely accessible online businesses are, such as e-commerce stores, California's Online Privacy Protection Act means any app or website that collects personal information from users must have this legal agreement, since it's not feasible to limit a California audience.
It's required that privacy policies state what the purpose of collecting information is, what information is collected through the app or website, how the user can review and make changes to information they put in, and how the information is used by the business or third parties. In the European Union, the Data Protection Directive requires additional protection of privacy rights. Any companies from the European Union or that have users from the European Union that collect data need to have this form of legal agreement.
This agreement should be created separately from other legal agreements. Make sure it's an accurate and honest reflection of what personal data is actually collected and how it's used. The word privacy needs to be included in the title of the document and in any links that go to this page. It can be displayed on the website's footer, on a screen of the mobile app, or elsewhere, but it needs to be its own agreement.
What Are Terms and Conditions?
The terms and conditions set forth the conditions, clauses, terms, and requirements related to using the app or website. This legal agreement sets the requirements, rules, and standards of using the website or app. As an example, a section that's common on the terms and conditions section includes account deactivation if a user misuses the app or website, copyright information, billing and subscription information, and other various disclaimers. This isn't required to have by law, but it's recommended in order to prevent abuse from happening to the app or website. It also limits the owner's liability of the online business.
Without having this agreement and without it being enforced, there isn't a way to legally control or limit who uses your website or app. Copyright infringement issues can happen if users use your content without getting your permission or abuse issues occur, such as a user spamming others or leaving defamatory content on the app or website. The agreement lets you use specific language to make certain activity forbidden while also providing a remedy in case abuses happen.