Imagine you need a legal contract to sell your apartment. Would you sign a contract copied from another deal, which still contains the wrong price, address and seller's details? You wouldn't, right?
Instead, you would write your contract with specific details for that deal. The same logic applies to privacy policies.
If you are new to this topic, personal data is information that can identify an individual (natural person).
Examples of personal data:
- email address
- postal address
- IP address
- personal interests
... and more!
Suppose you are processing payments, delivering products, and have a newsletter or a contact form on your Shopify store. In that case, you are likely using your clients’ personal data.
In addition, Shopify states in its terms of service (Section 14 (3)) that it can suspend your account for any reason.
Tailored Solution (Recommended)
The process is straightforward:
- Fill out our online questionnaire
Write It Yourself (Not Recommended)
- it's stealing, and you might get in trouble
- you may get a fine for non-compliance
You get the idea - bad quality = high risk.
Use a Template
Templates either have very little information or all the possible information. When using a template, you should carefully examine if everything that is written matches what you do with personal data and why you do it.
Imagine that you have a simple Shopify store, and you use a template that states:
"We collect video and audio recordings and other information, from your devices, including your location and biometric data within an image of a face or other body parts..."
Hire A Lawyer
We recommend hiring a lawyer if you use special category (sensitive) data  or data relating to criminal convictions and offences. You may use this data only under certain derogations if you have a legal basis. However, this is a very rare case for Shopify stores.
Step 1: Go to the "Settings" section on the left sidebar of Shopify's dashboard. Then select "Policies".
The GDPR requires you to provide information about personal data processing in an easily accessible form (Article 12(1) GDPR).
Step 1: Go to the "Navigation" section on the left sidebar of Shopify's dashboard.
Step 2: Under the "Menus" section, select "Footer menu".
Step 3: "Add menu item"
Step 5: Click the green button "Add" and then "Save Menu".
 Special category data is:
- personal data revealing:
- racial or ethnic origin
- political opinions
- religious or philosophical beliefs
- trade union membership
- genetic data
- biometric data (where used for identification purposes)
- data concerning:
- sex life sexual orientation
 Guidelines on Transparency under Regulation 2016/679 (wp260rev.01) adopted by Article 29 Working Party.
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