What is the GDPR – And Why Do I Have to Comply?
The General Data Protection Regulation is stringent data privacy and security law that imposes certain obligations on companies that target or collect data on EU citizens.
In simpler terms, this law says “if you target EU citizens with your business and collect their private data – email address, names, phone number, etc. – you must tell them WHAT you are collecting and HOW you use it”.
How to Become GDPR Compliant
The General Data Protection Regulation is 88 pages, so we can’t explain the minute details.
As it relates to your website, however, compliance is relatively simple and straightforward.
- Phone number
- Credit card details
- IP address
- Browsing data
Your policy must also include HOW you use this data. For example, if you share this data with any apps or analytics software, or use it for remarketing.
GDPR, CalOPPA, and COPPA
Failure to comply with these regulations could result in the same types of penalties you could receive under the GDPR.
- GDPR: The EU’s data online privacy law.
- COPPA: COPPA is a US law that imposes specific requirements on operators of websites that collect data on visitors under the age of 13. We heavily recommend complying with this law if you think your site caters to such visitors.
Top on our list, we have Termsfeed, a one-stop-shop for all of the basic policies any website may need. They’re regarded as the best privacy policies generator in the business for the ease of use and attorney-level quality. Termsfeed works great for the following entities: websites, eCommerce, Facebook pages, SaaS, digital products, and much more.
Since you are in the market for your business’ privacy policies, you may be glad to know that Termsfeed has a generator for Cookies Policy, Terms and Conditions Agreement, EULA, Return & Refund, and Disclaimers.
- Easy to use
- All legal agreements
- No recurring costs
- Create privacy policies in four steps
- Free agreement templates
- Live chat support
- Follows worldwide laws
- GDPR and CalOPPA compliant
- Ease of use
Why We Like Termsfeed
That being said, Termsfeed has a fair pricing model, since for $14 you should be able to create a basic policy page. GDPR compliance can be added for $24, CalOPPA for $14, and so on. Even if you were to add all the clauses, you should still be saving a lot of money as opposed to hiring a team of attorneys to write a policy for you. For a more detailed review on Termsfeed, check our Termsfeed in-depth review.
GetTerms earned second place on our ranking for offering a great value. They have a simple pricing model: they offer a free document, a $25 “Starter Pack”, and a $49 “Comprehensive Pack”.
- Log data mention
- Cookies addition
- Preferred contact for data controller
- Personal information
- Third-party access
- Terms and Conditions generator
- GDPR compliant
- Ease of use
Why we Like GetTerms
Second of all, there is a beautiful (sarcasm) Termly watermark that can’t be removed unless you pay for the Pro package at $10 a month.
You also can’t access the cookies policy suite without upgrading, which is mandatory for websites and apps in the European Union.
Generating policies with Iubenda is more involved than with TermsFeed. However, Iubenda produces a very high-quality document. They are the best option for companies with a complex business model that collect a lot of personal information.
The biggest downsides? They have a subscription model AND you can’t directly copy-paste Iubenda’s policies to your website or app, which makes the process less intuitive.
- Free and paid plans for one or multiple sites/apps
- Offline viewing options
Why We Like Iubenda
But who cares about looks? Does it work?
- Free with available paid add-ons and installation options
- Easy to read and understand policies
Why we like FreePrivacyPolicy.com
If FreePrivacyPolicy generator was cheaper, it would give TermsFeed a run for its money. However, the time being, FreePrivacyPolicy proudly earns a fifth place. While you can get it for free from FreePrivacyPolicy.com, it probably won’t be enough to make your website compliant. A solid option regardless.
Shopify has been recently updated to include GDPR compliance, and Shopify even sends recommendations to your email address on how to fill out the policy to make it fully compliant. The only downside is that you do need to have a Shopify account.
However, just remember that the basic policy they email to you IS NOT complete, it’s only a template.
Below we have listed the characteristics that you should prioritize when looking for a good option:
Compliance: GDPR, CCPA & CalOPPA
We recommend that you look for a privacy generator that covers both international acts, as this guarantees that no matter where your visitors come from, your company is covered. Termsfeed, GetTerms, and Iubenda all make sure to include both EU and US mandates.
For owners of e-commerce or third party services with specific needs, you will need a policy that either includes these clauses or add them yourself (preferably a professional attorney).
Lucky for us, most generators come at a reasonably affordable price, especially compared to hiring a lawyer. That being said, unless you have a large budget, we recommend going with a one-time payment generator. Cost, really, is up to you.
Think of it as a form of insurance. You would dread to be sued (and be found liable) because you mishandled someone’s personal data. Sometimes you don’t even have to make a mistake, just not having a clause covered can get you in legal trouble.
That being said, the privacy policies listed in this article should do a good job of covering your website. Remember, when it comes to privacy and personal data, you are never too protected!
Oh and if you are in the market for affordable legal documents such as contracts and wills, check our review on LawDepot and LegalZoom