Online Privacy: Guides, News and Resources

Concerned about privacy on the web? You're in the right place.

The Internet Age comes with incredible rewards, but many risks as well — and that includes the risk to your very identity. Unfortunately, the slow-moving legal systems of many countries are scrambling to keep up with the rapid pace of developing technology.

Fear of threats to personal privacy online aren't paranoid or irrational. If your data falls into the wrong hands, you could face identity or property theft, loss of your online accounts, harassment, and more. Not only that, the right to personal privacy is an important principle for society as a whole.

This blog is for people around the world who are interested in personal privacy rights and legislation, and how to keep yourself (and your personal data) safe on the web.

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Privacy Law by Country

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If you own a website, chances are you need a privacy policy. Specific laws vary from country to country, but many countries around the world agree that personal privacy is a basic human right. If you’re collecting any information from your users – including names, email addresses, even IP address or using browser cookies – you’re probably required by law to have a public privacy policy on your website.

And, aside from legal requirements, it’s best to be open and honest with your users about what you’re going to do with their information. People today are afraid of sharing their email addresses for fear of spam flooding their inboxes, and they’re right to safeguard their privacy. A privacy policy can help to put their fears to rest as they use your website.

Confused about whether the law requires you to post a privacy policy, and it should include? Check out our reference guide to privacy policy laws by country.