What is a privacy policy and why are they so important?

Connor Brereton
2 min readMay 11, 2020
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According to hackerdictionary.com a privacy policy is:

A privacy policy is a statement/legal document that every software company has on their website. The goal of this statement is to inform the user of which personal information is gathered, how it is used, and how it is protected.

Moreover, according to privacytrust.com a privacy policy is:

A privacy policy is one of the most important documents on any website.

What this basically means is that a privacy policy is a document that a company uses to tell the users about the lifecycle of their data that is generated when they use the piece of software. This is really important to understand because many people uses pieces of software without knowing what data they are generating for the company.

A classic example of this is Facebook and all of their suite of products. People got really angry at Facebook back in January of 2012 for allegedly manipulating people’s moods when they didn’t understand the terms of service they had agreed to.

Why are they so important though?

The main reason why they are so important is because they detail your companies views and how you view your customers data. Some examples of two completely different views on data collection are Google Chrome and Brave. They are both build on the same browser engine: Chromium but they have two different views of how they collect and consume users data. Brave is unique in that they help you prevent tracking whereas Chrome is unique in that they collect tons of data and use it for monetization.

How you handle data collection when you’re a company is everything and that’s why the two companies have two completely different cultures! :)

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