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Do I need a Privacy Policy on my website?

Why you NEED a privacy policy and terms and conditions and on your website and what to put in your legal statement and disclaimer.

If you are going to sell anything through your website, including digital products, collect names and email addresses, receive commission on links or purchases made through your website, you NEED a privacy policy and terms and conditions. This is a legal statement and disclaimer usually linked in the footer.

Types of Disclosures

Privacy Policy

This is a short description of the kind of information you are collecting and what you plan to do with that information. A Privacy Policy is required by law when you are collecting information such as a users name, email, location (IP address or physical address), blog comments, and/or phone number.

Terms and Conditions

A Terms and Conditions page is required if you are using an opt-in form on your website for a newsletter or physical product service.

Earnings Disclaimer

This is legally required if you are earning any sort of commission from links or affiliate codes on your website. Your Earnings Disclaimer statement and can be included in your Terms and Conditions and does not require an additional page.


Copying legal and disclosure statements from someone else’s website is copyright infringement and illegal (you can be sued for this—which has happened!).


Make sure to protect your business by buying your own customizable and LEGAL templates. You can hire a lawyer to draft your documents, or for every legal template you will need as a freelance creative or small business owner, I recommend The Contract Shop. This is what I use on my websites and what I recommend to my clients.

Privacy Preferences
When you visit our website, it may store information through your browser from specific services, usually in form of cookies. Here you can change your privacy preferences. Please note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our website and the services we offer.