The European Union’s Approach to Privacy Policies

EuropeEurope has a very well developed privacy law sector. The relevant legal framework in the European Union is the Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC) and the ePrivacy directive (2002/58/EC, as revised by 2009/136/EC). Those regulations make sure that minimum privacy requirements are met across all the European states.

According to these regulations, the European user needs to be informed about the personal data processing/collection occurring while visiting websites and while engaging in mobile apps. Personal data in the European sense has been defined very broadly:

Personal data

Personal data shall mean any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’); an identifiable person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identification number or to one or more factors specific to his physical, physiological, mental, economic, cultural or social identity.


The best way to comply with these laws is via a readable, understandable and easily accessible privacy policy, which at a minimum informs users about: who you are (identity and contact details), what precise categories of personal data the app or website wants to collect and process, why the data processing is necessary (for what precise purposes), whether data will be disclosed to third parties (not just a generic statement, but a specific description to whom the data will be disclosed), what rights users have, in terms of withdrawal of consent and when or if there will be a deletion of visitor/customer data.

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There are several ways that online business owners and app developers can comply with the European laws. One way is to try to create their privacy policies from scratch. This is difficult without extensive research into the above-mentioned directives and other international requirements. Free Privacy has created a unique and thorough privacy policy generator that has provided more than 50,000 compliant policies from all over the world including Europe.

Those who need to create a policy simply answer the questions asked to the best of their ability, making sure to include additional information when necessary if business owners or app developers are planning to use their visitors’/customers’ data in unusual ways.Once all of the questions have been answered, users receive access to their automatically generated privacy policy to paste onto their website. To order your free privacy policy, click here.

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