Every blog needs some form of blog disclaimer if you are collecting and storing personal visitor information on your website.
A disclaimer is “generally any statement intended to specify or delimit the scope of rights and obligations that may be exercised and enforced by parties in a legally recognized relationship. In contrast to other terms for legally operative language, the term disclaimer usually implies situations that involve some level of uncertainty, waiver, or risk. (via Wikipedia)”
That's the fancy definition.
In normal language, it's a statement to let people know what to expect.
How to Write a Blog Disclaimer
Most people don't refer to Privacy Policies as “blog disclaimers” but that's exactly what they are.
It's good legal practice.
- California Online Privacy Protection Act
- Privacy Shield
- EU General Data Protection Regulation (effective May 2018)
- Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule
Auto-Generated Privacy Policies
They write your blog disclaimer for you, after you put in the information.
Write Your Own Blog Disclaimer
- What type of personal information do you collect?
2. What do you do with the information you collect?
Why do you collect personal info? Do you sell products and need customer info? Do you sell affiliate programs? You want to make it clear why you collect the info you do and what you do with it.
3. Who do you share data with?
If you share personal information with other people or services you should disclose that in writing.
4. You will keep data secure
You want to make it clear that you will protect user data as best as you can, but there is always a chance of a breach. Make sure users understand that risk.
5. Ability to change or update user info
You need to give users the ability to remove, change, or update their info that you store whenever they want.
6. Freedom to make changes to the policy
A few other things you can include:
Some other things you can include in your blog disclaimer to be safe are:
- What is the nature of your website and what do you do?
- The content on your website is opinion and not fact.
- Content is for information or entertainment purposes and should not be treated as advice.
- You are not a professional (unless you are, then you state you are.)
- Even if you are a professional state that this blog is not for advice and readers should consult an outside professional.
If there is anything else that you write about or do on your blog it wouldn't hurt to include mention of it in your blog disclaimer to be safe. It's always better to be safe than sorry!