Privacy Policy when No Information is collected

Why You Should Have a Privacy Policy Even If No Contact Form

Since the new CCPA law went into effect, I've had a few requests to remove contact forms from websites. You do not need a Privacy Policy if you're not collecting ANY personally identifiable information. However, data collection and privacy has become a BIG issue. People - including legal authorities - will expect to see a Privacy link in the footer of the website.

Many people visiting your website may not understand that the policy is not a legal requirement if you're not collecting personal information. 

Even if you get rid of your contact form and/or Google Analytics (along with links to your social media sites) in order to avoid the need for the policy, you should STILL have a Privacy Policy Page with a very simple statement that you do not collect, share, rent, or sell personal information.

It's far better to be transparent and state that you don't collect personal data than to arouse suspicion from website visitors... or a competitor trying to pull a "Gotcha!

If You Have the Same Policy You've Had for Years

Your Privacy Policy needs to be current to reflect the new law. If you have a newsletter sign-up box on your website, make mention of this in your privacy policy and let your website visitors know that your email campaign program has its own policies.

Update: February 19, 2020

Seven more states have proposed their own privacy laws since the beginning of this year. That brings the total to eleven state proposed privacy laws and three state privacy laws already in place. Some of these states are proposing laws that will enable their citizens to sue businesses of any size and location simply for having a contact form without a compliant Privacy Policy.