When building websites for clients, you usually have to juggle multiple priorities, from staying within the budget to presenting outstanding designs that your clients will love, to building out all of the features and functionalities that have been requested. One facet of website design that many designers and clients overlook is the meeting of privacy-related requirements. In this article, we will discuss why you should keep privacy in mind when designing websites, the concept of privacy by design, examples of best practices, and some tips so that you and your agency can build beautiful websites that also meet privacy requirements.
The truth is that most of us have either used or installed Google Analytics on client websites. It’s relatively easy to use, provides great insights on website performance, and gives excellent clues on how to improve engagement. In fact, Google Analytics has become so popular that it’s used on over 28 million websites and many agencies usually have it listed in their standard operating procedures for building new websites. Even though Google Analytics is a great tool that many of us are intimately familiar with, Google Analytics has also made headlines recently for a different issue – privacy law non-compliance.
There are a few hot topics such as hefty fines, Google, Facebook, and new laws such as Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA) that usually take the limelight when it comes to privacy. One privacy concern that has captured the interest of privacy professionals, business owners, and news outlets lately is the new data transfer agreement that would provide a mechanism for personal data to be transferred from the European Union (EU) to the United States (US). While this agreement is still in its infancy stage, it will significantly impact how companies manage privacy and data transfers, and thus it
While the United States does not have a federal privacy law (unless you are in healthcare, financial services, or are targeting children under the age of 13), more and more states are passing their own privacy laws to protect their residents. One such state is Virginia, which passed the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA) in 2021. While this law goes into effect on January 1st, 2023, companies that need to comply should begin their preparations now as the requirements of this new law are extensive, and the penalties for failure to comply are steep. In this article, we will