Many if not most websites collect personal information. Personal information may be collected by simple means such as a website form or through more sophisticated means such as tracking cookies. Some kinds of website - not ably social networking websites and websites with social networking features - collect and process huge amounts of personal information.
EU data protection law and US data privacy law (and similar laws in other jurisdictions) protect individuals from the misuse of their personal information. These laws regulate the collection of data, the storage of data, the use of data, the cross-border transfer of data and the disposal of data
The purpose of a website privacy statement is to help website owners with these the disclosure requirements of data protection and data privacy laws.
The free privacy statement covers the following: