How To Understand Privacy Policies

by Barbara J. Feldman on February 8, 2008

All of us have probably seen privacy policies on at least one website, but the problem is that not many of us have ever taken the time to actually understand what the privacy policy is. But even though these warnings are on virtually every website that you are going to visit, the problem that many of us face is that we have never actually gone and read the agreement or the privacy policy. We usually just check the box and continue on with what we are doing. But basically what happens when we check that box is that we never really understand what we are checking. We don’t take the time to read what the privacy policy consists of so when we check the box we have no idea, let alone any understanding of what the privacy policy is or what it actually means. In fact because most people don’t read the privacy policies on the various websites that they visit they never have any idea what is going to happen with the information they submit to the website. And if you don’t take the time to read the privacy policy then your information may be used in a way that you don’t agree with.

Difficulty rating: Easy

Step One:

The first thing that you are going to need to do is to actually read the privacy policy. The reason for this is that there is no way that you are going to even understand the privacy policy if you don’t even attempt to read it.

Step Two:

The next thing that you need to understand is that the privacy policy is going to include six parts. Basically what this means is that in order for the privacy policy to be a good privacy policy it is going to need to have six components, without these components the privacy policy is going to be less attractive than others.

Step Three:

Now you need to understand what those six components are that each privacy policy should have, these components are what the company is going to be using to instill trust in their customers. The six things that the privacy policy should have are: notice, choice, security, enforcement, access, and onward transfer.

Step Four:

The next thing that you need to do is to understand why each of these components is going to help protect your privacy. Basically in order to do this you are going to need to do some research about what these components are for and how they are supposed to work. For example the notice component is going to give you the customer notice as to what kind of information is going to be collected, how it will be used, etc,

Step Five:

Also in order to understand privacy policies you are going to need to understand that all companies have a privacy policy and the reason that they have a privacy policy is to instill trust in their customers. But you also need to understand the reason that privacy polices are created and how they are going to be used.

Step Six:

Next you need to know that privacy policies are created to show the customer how their private information is going to be collected, what the information is going to be used for, and how the information is going to be used. You also need to also understand that privacy policies are going to tell you what you can do if your information is misused.

Step Seven:

If you still don’t understand privacy polices then the best thing that you can do is to ask the company about any questions you might have on how your information is going to be used.

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Feldman, Barbara. "How To Understand Privacy Policies." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 8 Feb. 2008. Web. 2 Sep. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/tech/1318/how-to-understand-privacy-policies/ >.