How Do Privacy Policies Differ by Location?
Privacy policies will differ based on geographical location, as every country has its own laws regarding what can be done with the data that businesses collect.
The General Data Protection Regulation is a European data privacy law enacted in 2018 with strict security requirements for businesses as well as freelancers. It aims to give European citizens more control over their data and requires more transparency about how personal information is used. If businesses fail to comply with this law, they can face steep penalties.
Similarly, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 gives consumers in California rights like the ability to delete personal data that’s been collected from them.
It’s not only important to know the specific laws in your country, but it’s also beneficial to understand the laws that apply where your clients are based. After all, you are the one who’s responsible for properly managing the information you collect, so you should ensure you’re well informed of all relevant guidelines.
- The kind of information (data) you collect
- How you store that data
- A list of third parties you share that data with (if any)
- Your own contact information
Clients trust you to properly maintain their data, so being fully transparent and addressing any concerns will help you build strong business relationships. Clients are also more likely to work with you if you communicate that you’re taking steps to protect their personal information and are well informed of the relevant privacy laws.
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