As part of our internet law & e-commerce practice, we provide online privacy services.

Online Privacy

Online privacy has become an increasingly important concern for Internet users. Internet users must often submit personal information in order to secure Internet service or goods. Online privacy affects even the most casual of Internet users. The phrase “online privacy” may be used to refer to a general legal concept as well as the patchwork of current Internet rules and regulations.

Implementing Online Privacy Policies

Providing online privacy to customers requires a combination of technological systems and legal policies. The first step in providing online privacy comes from performing a thorough audit of the company’s procedures and practices. We assist in analyzing whether a company’s Internet practices meet current legal standards and regulations.

Next, we recommend having an up-to-date privacy policy on all websites. Privacy policies are basically website agreements that provide notice to consumers on expectations regarding collection and use of personal information. Privacy policies provide legal notice in some regards. These policies often limit a company’s liability regarding use of personal information as long as the company is transparent about how it is used. We draft privacy policies for websites owners to include provisions necessary for the specific type of Internet and ecommerce businesses.

Additionally, we advise on investing in basic security measures for websites such as secure sockets layer (“SSL”) and encryption. When a website owner is unsure whether to implement these measures, we can evaluate their website and advise them. Website owners need to be aware that their mere online presence may subject them to a host of rules and regulations.

Internet Privacy Laws

We draft appropriate privacy policies for all types of websites as well as provide advice on the necessary security measures. Whether a website owner is collecting simple server analytics or more personalized information from visitors to the website, privacy polices can help limit legal liability.

Online Privacy Disputes and Litigation

Read more about our litigation services at our intellectual property litigation overview page and our business litigation overview page.

Additional Insights Regarding Online Privacy

For more information on online privacy issues, see our Legal Insights and Industry Solutions pages.