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GetTerms or Termageddon: Which Privacy Policy Generator Is For You? 

Comparing Policy Generators

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Donata Stroink-Skillrud

Co-founder and President of Termageddon

GetTerms Vs Termageddon

So you’re looking for a solution to help you with your website policies? Well done! Acknowledging the need to comply with privacy laws and respect the data of your website users is the first big step a website/business owner needs to take. Now that you’ve taken that step, what’s next?

Well, all that’s left to do is find a provider that can scan privacy laws around the globe, identify which ones apply to your website, generate policies with all the required disclosures, and update each of your policies accordingly as laws change or are created.

There’s one clear winner for this undertaking, and that is *drumroll*… a privacy attorney.

HOLD ON, DON’T LEAVE!

Privacy attorneys are ideal because they’re the only ones who can offer legal advice in addition to website policies. Unfortunately, the fees associated with that legal advice can be hard to swallow if your name doesn’t rhyme with Beff Jezos.

That’s why so many people turn to Privacy Policy Generators as a more affordable way to comply with privacy laws.

So, without further adieu let’s compare two of the most popular Privacy Policy Generators: Termageddon and GetTerms


PRICING

For many, the decision comes down to pricing. So let’s cover that first; starting with Termageddon.

Termageddon

Price: 

$12/month or $119/year for one license.

Includes: 

  • Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, Disclaimer, Cookie Policy, End User License Agreement for one website or application 
  • Cookie consent banner for up to 50,000 users sessions per month
  • All privacy laws and all clauses
  • Automatic updates
  • Unlimited edits to your policies
  • Policies with no Termageddon logo/branding

GetTerms

Price: 

Free plan

  • Privacy Policy
    • Not compliant with any of the privacy laws they cover
    • Cannot edit your Privacy Policy
    • Privacy Policy is not tailored to your responses 

$5/month or $149/year plan

  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Cookie Policy (but not Cookie Consent Banner)
  • Acceptable Use Policy
  • Includes the privacy laws they cover
  • Can edit your policy 
  • Customizable disclosures

Policies Offered

Termageddon

  • Privacy Policy
  • Cookie Policy
  • Disclaimer
  • End User License Agreement
  • Terms of Service (includes Cancellation Policy, Shipping Policy, Refund and Return Policy, and Acceptable Use Policy)

GetTerms

  • Privacy Policy 
  • Cookie Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Acceptable Use Policy

Cookie Consent Banner Offered and Features

Termageddon (in partnership with Usercentrics)

  • Covers the following privacy laws: GDPR, UK DPA, ePrivacy Directive, CCPA/CPRA, PIPEDA
  • Includes: website scanner for cookies
  • Automatically blocks certain cookies until a user accepts those cookies 
  • Includes: consent and preference tracking
  • Includes: Do not sell my personal information banner 
  • Includes: option to change the default text in the cookie consent banner
  • Includes feature for changing consent settings or withdrawing consent 
  • Termageddon’s Privacy Policy generator informs you whether you need to have a cookie consent banner

GetTerms

  • Does not offer a cookie consent banner

Support

Termageddon

  • Phone
  • Email
  • Support portal where you can send a message
  • Support portal where you can read support articles 

GetTerms

  • Contact form on website 

Privacy laws covered

Termageddon

  • Australia Privacy Act 1988
  • CalOPPA
  • CPRA
  • DOPPA
  • GDPR
  • UK DPA 2018
  • Nevada Revised Statutes Chapter 603A
  • PIPEDA
  • VCDPA 
  • Colorado Privacy Act (will cover once it goes into effect)
  • Connecticut SB6 (will cover once it goes into effect)
  • Quebec Law 25 (will cover once it goes into effect)
  • UCPA (will cover once it goes into effect)

GetTerms

  • GDPR
  • CCPA (which is outdated, the new law is CPRA)
  • CalOPPA

Automatic updates

Termageddon

  • Automatic updates offered on all policies 
  • Updates have been made on time for every new privacy law and regulations. 
  • Has a state privacy bill tracker 

GetTerms

  • Does not claim to auto-update policies

Expertise

Termageddon

  • President – Donata – Donata is a licensed attorney and Certified Information Privacy Professional, as well as the Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Committee. She is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the American Bar Association’s Science and Technology Council, and a member of the ABA’s Cybersecurity Legal Task Force. 

GetTerms

  • No employees listed on website

Does it help you figure out what privacy laws apply to you? 

Termageddon

  • Yes. The first page of the Privacy Policy questionnaire helps determine what privacy laws apply to you. The rest of the questionnaire is based upon the disclosures required by those laws. 

GetTerms

  • No, the interface just asks you which of the three laws they cover that you’d like to comply with (based solely on the location of the privacy bill, not whether or not you need to comply with it). 

Privacy Policy generation process

Termageddon

  • First page of the questionnaire actually helps determine what privacy laws apply to you; 
  • The questionnaire includes all of the questions needed to create the disclosures required by the privacy laws that apply to you; 
  • We don’t make assumptions nor insert generic information for these disclosures; 
  • Privacy Policy combines all privacy laws that apply to you and does not include separate sections for each privacy law because that practice makes no sense.

GetTerms

  • Asks you to select the privacy laws that apply to you at the very bottom of the questionnaire, meaning that the questions that you’re being asked are not based on the privacy laws that apply to you, meaning that the Privacy Policy will not include all of the disclosures required by those laws. 
  • We’d have to pay for the policy to view it so we can only view the preview, which has the titles of the sections but no actual text. What’s interesting here is that: 
    • We were not asked anything about how we secure personal information, but we do get a section for security of personal information so we’re going to guess that all of the information there is random
    • We were not asked how long we store personal information but our Privacy Policy has a section on how long we keep information – guessing that this will be random default text, which may not fit our business practices
    • Our Privacy Policy has a section for disclosure of personal information to third parties even though we were not asked whether we disclose personal information
    • They have separate sections in the policy for each privacy law – this can work now but will not work when there are multiple privacy laws that apply to us or when more privacy laws are passed. This usually also ends us duplicating a lot of the information and making the policy unnecessarily long.
    • We were not asked about the legal bases of processing personal information, which is required under GDPR. 
    • Very few privacy laws are covered with this generator, the Privacy Policy is full of generic information and does not include all of the disclosures required by the privacy laws that apply to me. 
  • Not asked whether we sell personal information (required under CPRA)  – The Privacy Policy does not state whether we do or do not sell personal information
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About the Author
Donata Stroink-Skillrud

Donata is the Co-founder and President of Termageddon and a licensed attorney and Certified Information Privacy Professional. She serves as the Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association's ePrivacy Committee and the Chair of the Chicago Chapter of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

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