How Important Is Taking Online Privacy Seriously?
In reality, many countries around the world with modern laws for data privacy have placed rules when it comes to handling any information that can be used to identify an individual. In fact, in many jurisdictions, you’re required by law to inform your audience about certain policies and facts of your website. It’s true even if you only utilize browser cookies for getting traffic analytics, display several Google Ads on your website, or collect email addresses and names for your newsletter.
Privacy Laws By Country:
Here’s an overview of privacy laws in some countries around the world:
Canada’s PIPEDA or Personal Information Protection and Electronic Data Act governs how people can act in collecting, storing, and using information about online users in the course of their commercial activity. Website owners must make information regarding their privacy policies available to customers publicly, according to the act.
The main law protecting France’s data privacy is the DPA or Data Protection Act of 1978. It was last revised in 2004. When used for sending messages electronically or online, the Postal and Electronic Communications Code touches on personal data collection as well. The rules apply to anyone who’s carrying out its activities within an establishment that’s located in France or anyone who’s located in France and collecting data.
Webmasters must obtain the subject’s consent before processing any personal data automatically. To protect online safety, website owners should also inform the subjects of the data controller’s identity and address, as well as the processing’s purpose, time duration the data, will continue to be kept, how the data will be secured, and who specifically can access the data.
The Electronic Communications and Transactions Act of South Africa applies to any collected personal data through electronic transmissions. It includes information collected through a website. The act requires the disclosure in writing of the specific data collection purpose to the subject.
In today’s age of information, respecting the website users’ privacy rights and the importance of personal data is important. Transparency on how data is collected and protected won’t only keep website owners out of legal trouble, it will also keep Internet users safe online. Hopefully, the discussion above has helped you understand how online privacy works around the world.
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