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How to Write a Privacy Policy For Your Blog?

     Information collected about your users allows you to improve your blog and create more user friendly environment for the users with privacy policy page. But what information you collect as an owner of site or blog and how you use the information is largely regulated by various privacy laws. Drafting of a good privacy policy and abiding by it is a very crucial step to establishing a relationship of trust with your users.

How to write a privacy policy for your blog

Your users are very important to drive your service to success and creating a healthy relationship with them is very crucial. You must be very clear about the difference between your privacy policy and terms of service. Terms of service are a set of rules that users have to follow when using a site or blog or app. whereas, a privacy policy relates only to how you as a service provide collects and uses the collected information about users.

Privacy policies are highly regulated by various national and international laws. The message any privacy policy of a site or blog must be clear and understandable by users. It must contain three main points

  • A privacy policy must be clearly displayed and should be easily accessible
  • A privacy policy must clearly and honestly describe how and what information is collected and the intended purpose and use of the gathered information.
  • A privacy policy should clearly reflect the actual practices of any site blog or any other entity.

You must be clear on what regulation and laws are available and viable for your privacy policy to make it clear, understandable and honest.

Before you start drafting a privacy policy for your site or blog, go through all the issues and data that you should and must include in your privacy policy (Blogger Privacy). It is also important to keep in mind that the privacy policy must be written depending on the type of service you provide and also on the types of data you collect and present. The essential parts that your privacy policy must contain to be complete and honest can be divide into four parts

1. Data collection

Data collection

     Your privacy policy must contain in detail about what data you are collecting. Whether it is IP addresses, web requests, browsers types etc collected anonymous from visitors or names and email id’s from the users. You must be clear if the information you are gathering is personal or if it is gathered anonymously. It must also be clear on the technologies that are used for gathering this information and also on the source of the collection of the data whether it’s from users or third parties. The control over the information gathered from users must also be clear on your policy. Keep it transparent and dependant

2. Usage of the collected data for privacy policy

Usage of the collected data

     Users have the right to know how the data collected from and about them is being used. Your privacy policy must include clear explanations about intended use of the collected data. Why are you collecting the data must also be clear on your policy so that the users are satisfied to know the purpose of the collection of the data. Now, the locations and places that the collected data will be used must be mentioned, as different states and countries will have different laws and regulations regarding the usage of collected data so it must be clear as to where the collected data will be used. The privacy and security of the data collected from users must also be given consideration on your policy, so that the users are not offended by the use of data collected from them.

3. Sharing of the data

Sharing of the data

     This is the most sensitive and important part of your privacy policy. With whom you are sharing the collected data and what types of data you are sharing must be covered by your policy. The level of confidentiality of the data whether it’s personal or anonymous is a base you should be covering. In many countries, users consent is required if you are sharing data’s collected from them, you must be aware of all the process and procedures involved which require user consent for data to be shared. Be aware of the situations where users consent is not required to share data. Be specific on how you share data’s with outside contractors and how you will protect the user’s privacy. Also cover the topic of the situation if it arises of transferring the ownership of the data. Be clear what procedures will be taken if a situation arises where the transfer of ownership of data is needed.

4. Changes to privacy policy

     Always be honest and truthful on your privacy policy and must be flexible. Your privacy must be changed if you decide to change your practices. Your privacy must be changed, the instant your practices change on your site or blog, be swift and honest. A good idea is to review your privacy policy at a regular interval. In this section keep an open mind and be specific as to how the users will be informed if any changes are being brought to your privacy policy. And be descriptive on the issue of users contacting your about any changes in your privacy policy.

Changes to privacy policy

Always place a link on every page for your privacy policy so it is easier for users to find it. And the best practice is to getting your privacy policy review by a certified attorney who is knowledgeable in national and international regulation and laws before posting it on your site or blog.

About Saikrishna Tipparapu

Saikrishna is a student of Computer Science & Engineering and he is also a part time blogger who also blog at TSKSOFT. Started blogging in 2010 for fun and later its became a profession, helping co-bloggers and sharing the knowledge to everyone from what he learned.

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