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90% of online consumers want to control how their personal information is being used.
67% of consumers have reservations about giving out personal information online.
The government is trying to stay out of passing mounds of regulations on privacy issues, preferring "self regulation" instead. In 1998 they did pass "The Children's Online Privacy Act" (COPPA), making it mandatory that sites reveal how they deal with information received from minors without parental consent. European countries are much more strict when it comes to Internet Privacy Laws then US.
Many of privacy site leaders offer a privacy seal program. If after creating your policy you think it has what it takes to be certified, check out
Becoming certified is an added plus for any commercial website and will help alleviate any fear of sharing information on part of your website guests.
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Remember, temptation for website owners to sell personal information to third parties is high online due to demand for that information by advertisers. Make sure you're doing your part by being aware of who you're giving your information to, and knowing what they are doing with it.
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