How often do we care to read the privacy statements we receive from any number of sources these days? I must say I’m not a regular either if you ask me as a consumer. As a Privacy Professional, however, I am always interested (and sometimes fascinated) in reading them.
Take the following extract of the Web Privacy Statement of a very prominent institution, for example:
This is actually a website that lets you e-file in addition to providing a whole lot of information on their services . As part of e-filing, however, they do collect all kinds of personal information including Date of Birth, Social Security Number, Credit Card Information etc. In this particular case, I suspect they forgot to update their Web Privacy Statement when they introduced the e-filing feature.
Consider another example (and certainly a better one) of a Web Privacy Statement. This one is from Amazon.com.
I am sure you can see the difference and what a good privacy statement or notice should look like.
Finally, as consumers, it is always a good practice to take a good read through the privacy statements we receive from time to time via mail or while registering on the Internet for any number of reasons. Given where we are with growing incidents of data breaches, theft and losses, one would be better advised to be safe than sorry.