Does Your Website Have a Privacy Policy?

Did you know that all Australian websites need a Privacy Policy if you’re collecting any customer or website information?⠀

Sometimes referred to as ‘Privacy Notices’ or ‘Privacy Statements’, a Privacy Policy is a legal notice posted on your website that states how you will respect a visitor’s privacy, keep their personal information secure and that you will not misuse their information.⠀

It has to comply with the Australian Privacy Act and is required by law for websites that collect ANY customer or website visitor information including; email address, physical address, telephone numbers or credit card numbers, etc.⠀

What is a privacy policy?

A privacy policy is a statement that explains in simple language how an organisation or agency handles your personal information.

Any organisation or agency the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) covers must have a privacy policy.

The Privacy Act covers organisations with an annual turnover more than $3 million and operating in Australia, and some other organisations. A number of factors go into deciding if an organisation operates in Australia, including if they have a presence in Australia or carry on a business in Australia.

A privacy policy may be printed on paper, available on a website or displayed on a mobile device’s screen. If you don’t have access to the internet, you can phone the organisation or agency and ask for a paper copy.

(Source: OAIC.GOV.AU)

Having a Privacy Policy on your website builds trust with your visitors and also helps your ranking in Google search results as Google requires you to have one.⠀

Privacy Policies are different to Terms & Conditions but often go hand in hand. ⠀

If you need assistance having a Privacy Policy drafted, send our friendly team an email on hello@littonlegal.com.au