The answer is … maybe.
1. Collect Personal Information from Users
Have you ever heard of the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA)? According to that law, you are legally vulnerable if you ask for any personal information. The law only seeks to protect California residents. However, because your site is on the internet, you don’t have any way of ensuring that no one from California sends their personal information to you via an online form.
If you have any forms on your site that ask for a visitor’s …
- Email address
- Mailing address
- Phone number
- GPS location
- Any other personally-identifiable information
So, even if all you do is ask for visitors to sign up for your newsletter or send their questions via a form, you should have a policy according to CalOPPA.
3: Want to Reassure Your Visitors and Maintain Goodwill
All you have to say is “we don’t store your personal data or use it in any way.” As always, make sure you’re legally in the clear to say so before heading that route.
*This is solely an informative article and should not be relied on in place of professional legal advice. We’re not your attorneys – we just know how to build websites. For legal advice, we trust that you’ll consult a professional attorney.