“No Problem, I’ll Just Copy Someone Else’s”
Deceptive privacy statements are prohibited under the FTC Act and copying privacy policies is a common way to accidentally say something untrue about your data. The Federal Trade Commission just reemphasized that they are focusing on deceptive statements in privacy policies and went after three companies a few weeks ago for likely doing this. The three companies mistakenly claimed to participate with an Asian-Pacific privacy program – very likely a result of copying and pasting. So far, their consent decree involves ongoing compliance monitoring and recordkeeping for 20 years. Translation: it was expensive.
It Pays to Do It Right
Author, Shaq Katikala, is Privacy Counsel at M/L and has reviewed over 10,000 privacy policies, top that.