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If you’ve visited a website at any point in the past few months, you will probably have been prompted with a window asking whether or not you want to ‘accept cookies’ or something with similar wording. This reflects the new model when it comes to online privacy and security.
In recent years there has been a sea of changes in online regulation when it comes to how you collect and use your customers' data. Meaning businesses are expected to do more, and are more strictly monitored, when it comes to compliance.
Is A Template Enough?
There are many templates out there for compliance warnings and prompts — but there’s no guarantee that they will cover your site. These templates are only suitable for businesses with basic, information only websites, that don’t operate outside of North America.
Every Customer Interaction Matters
Important Information For Ecommerce Businesses
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3rd Party Data
Don’t Forget EU Law
Does your businesses serve customers or other businesses based in the EU? Or, is it something you’re considering as a future possibility? If so, you need to be aware of the stricter and more heavily regulated EU privacy policies and ensure your compliance with them.
GDPR is something that affects EU citizens, so even if you’re a Canadian company, if you have EU clients, you need to be compliant. See here for more information about GDPR.
Expert Legal Advice
For some businesses with strong security risks and litigation concerns — those holding confidential communications, medical records, and other privileged information — we would strongly suggest seeking out of the services of a lawyer with relevant expertise and experience.
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