Even though the United States doesn’t have a federal, all-encompassing online privacy law, state and international statutes still apply.
Online Privacy Laws
Depending on location, industry, and business model, digital privacy laws apply. Adherence qualifications vary business to business, but there are a handful of laws to which the majority of stateside companies must adhere.
California’s Online Privacy Statutes
The California Online Privacy Protection Act of 2003 is a sweeping digital privacy law to which any website or app that allows access to Californians must adhere, and as such is considered the nation’s de facto digital privacy law. It’s the law that requires websites to post privacy policies.
General Data Protection Rule
An EU edict, the General Data Protection Rule affects all websites and apps that allow access to European and UK residents. Yes, if you allow people from England to use your platform, you must follow guidelines laid out in the GDPR. For more details, click here. The gist: Users have a right to know what identifying data you collect and store, and they also have the right to delete it.
COPPA: Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act does as advertised: It guards kids’ identities online. A comprehensive program, any website, app, or digital platform that someone under the age of 12 may want to use is subject to its inflexible parameters. Click here to learn more.
Financial Online Privacy: Gramm–Leach–Bliley
The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Bill is a financial services statute that includes a comprehensive privacy rule. Any company that collects credit card information in conjunction with personal data should adhere to the statute. Go here for more details.
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