Copyright

What is a Privacy Policy? - Definition & Examples

What is a Privacy Policy? - Definition & Examples
Coming up next: What Is a Virtual Meeting? - Technology & Strategies

You're on a roll. Keep up the good work!

Take Quiz Watch Next Lesson
 Replay
Your next lesson will play in 10 seconds
  • 0:03 What Is a Privacy Policy?
  • 1:17 Why Websites Need a…
  • 1:36 What Does a Privacy…
  • 3:05 Lesson Summary
Save Save Save

Want to watch this again later?

Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course.

Log in or Sign up

Timeline
Autoplay
Autoplay
Speed
Lesson Transcript
Instructor: Lonny Meinecke

Lonny teaches psychology classes at King University, and has a bachelor's degree in IT and a doctorate in psychology.

The focus of this lesson will be privacy policies, which are found on nearly every website. We will define what a privacy policy is, provide an example, and have a short quiz to test your new knowledge.

What Is a Privacy Policy?

A privacy policy is a simple set of statements that lets website visitors know what kind of information is being collected and what the website intends to do with that information. The issue of privacy is of much concern to many visitors. It's possible to gather personal information using various online forms, and what happens after that may raise suspicions about potential violations of privacy or misuse of personal information.

Let's apply the concept to an example. Think of a privacy policy as a verbal explanation to ease the anxieties of primitive tribes just before we take their photograph. The natives are afraid that photography might 'steal their soul,' because cameras magically take snapshots of living people. They may feel that a camera traps their identity in a little box. A website works in a similar way - it takes snapshots of personal information using hidden web scripts, and what happens to those snapshots after they are taken can be a mystery. In the way that a verbal explanation can assure the tribespeoples that their souls will be safe when their pictures are taken, a privacy policy assures site visitors that their identities will be safe when their information is collected.

Why Websites Need a Privacy Policy

There are two very valid reasons why websites have privacy policies. First, it's a simple and effortless way to ease any anxiety a potential site visitor might have. Second, laws exist to protect the rights of individuals, and these regulations may advise or even require the use of a privacy policy.

What Does a Privacy Policy Look Like?

Let's look at a basic example of a privacy policy for a website that gathers pictures and information about native customs:

sample privacy policy

To unlock this lesson you must be a Study.com Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use Study.com

Become a Study.com member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about Study.com
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account
Support