Can I prepare a website Privacy Policy without a lawyer?

Photo of shredded paper, symbolizing a website privacy policy

Startup entrepreneurs always are looking for ways to save money. A question that I receive from time to time: Is it possible to prepare a website Privacy Policy without a lawyer’s help?

Simply copying another company’s Privacy Policy is a mistake, because two companies rarely want to handle all privacy matters exactly the same way. However, there are quite a few website Privacy Policy Generators (PPGs) online. Just do a Google search for “privacy policy generator”.

The user provides answers to a series of questions. Based on the user’s answers, the PPG provides recommended text for a website Privacy Policy.

I have not examined any text that the PPGs produce, so I cannot comment on its appropriateness or legal sufficiency. However, the PPGs’ questions and choices of answers constitute a helpful checklist for thinking about privacy issues.

While I cannot recommend preparing a website Privacy Policy on your own, if you must do so, a PPG can increase the likelihood that you will cover the right topics in an appropriate way.

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Dana H. Shultz, Attorney at Law? +1 510 547-0545? dana [at] danashultz [dot] com
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