Why the need for simplified and extended privacy policies?

David Wilson - Apr 12, 2014

‘Fine Print’ gets it’s name because it generally covers all the necessary legal jargon (and sometimes loopholes), which allow organisations to cover information that may be difficult for their visitors/users to understand or they hope that they will simply gloss over it.

A quick news search will bring up countless results and examples of organisations misleading users as to how their personal data is used or handled. I say ‘misleading’ because they have technically informed the user, it just happened to be buried in a 14 page privacy policy.

Just recently SnapChat found itself in court after the disappearing messenger service did in fact save user data. Plus we’ve all heard the horror stories of Facebook photos being used for diet-pill ads, served up to the entire web.

Just like the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), we’re big fans of a simplified and extended approach to privacy policies. Why? Because you can land on a website and quickly skim over a simplified policy to get a get snapshot of how that website collects and handles your personal data. Then, if there is an area that you are not sure about, you can just access the extended policy to get the full explanation.

This is a far more practical approach, and we believe in transparency in regards to online privacy, which is why every policy created using the My Privacy Policy generator delivers both a simplified and extended privacy policy.

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