We all make mistakes. For example, I once dated a guy who had snakes as pets. But hey, I was younger then so hopefully all is forgiven. Unfortunately, there is one huge mistake on the Internet that we need to explore. I am sure that you have all seen the words “Privacy Policy” on a website. This blew my mind a lot more than finding those snakes but almost every website on the Internet is using the wrong terminology.

According to the International Association of Privacy Professionals, a Privacy Policy is an internal document that states how a particular company will process, use and disclose data obtained through a website or application. A Privacy Notice, however is an external statement that details to the visitor or user what information will be collected, how that information will be used and who it will be disclosed to, among other things. This means that every website and application should state “Privacy Notice”.

So where do we go from here? I have to admit that this has kept me up at night quite a bit because I’m a lawyer and have no friends but which term should we use? Obviously we want to make sure that we are using the correct terminology but since most websites state “Privacy Policy”, wouldn’t it be more advantageous to use a term that most people will recognize as the right place to learn about their privacy?

If you, after reading this, have a suggestion or a good point to make here that will help me decide, please email me at donata@termageddon.com.


Protect yo’ self,

Team Termageddon