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Privacy: Legal Requirements Overview

Privacy policies are required everywhere.

It’s a practice of being transparent towards your users about what is happening with their personal data that they are providing you with – knowingly and unknowingly. Here is a comprehensive overview of the legal landscape.

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Our Approach for Handling the International Situation

What you can learn from these two examples is that the legal landscape and legislations involved can be confusing. Our approach to help you stay compliant no matter where you are is very simple:

  1. We take the strictest regulations and implement them into our policies

  2. The legal text used in our policies are expertly crafter by our international legal team

  3. We monitor the legal landscape for possible changes and make necessary updates

Third Party Services

Since most third party services you end up using in your app like mobile analytics or ad networks also need to follow the law, many require you to use a privacy policy within their terms of service. A good example for this is Google Adsense.

Mobile App Stores Requirements

In the app store economy you are offering “apps” through platforms that may additionally require you to add a privacy policy to the actual sales page or app submission process. In which case non-compliance will result in a denial of your app being listed.

The Attorney General of California and the six big application platform owners (Amazon, Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Research In Motion) signed an agreement in 2012 to make apps compliant with California’s privacy laws resulting in the continued need for developers to become privacy policy compliant.

Amazon has already followed suit and made your app’s privacy policy a requirement in their app store.

About Copy & Paste

Copy and paste is one way used by many to avoid paying thousands of $/€ (and more…) to get legal counsel.

You can find a lot of templates that help you getting started. But however most of what you can find online describes another case entirely, and not your own, which is the only reason why you are required to create a privacy policy. You are to disclose exactly why you are processing data and for what purpose. Failure of doing so may get you in the same sort of trouble that you were trying to avoid.

Additionally, from time to time laws are amended and updated. It’s therefore also important to ensure that your policies meet the latest requirements.

For these reasons, we use embedding and NOT copy & paste. With this method, you can rest assured that your policy is specific to your particular situation, up to date and being maintained remotely by our legal team.