If you read the terms of service, you caught a glimpse of the side conversation the Lord had with Moses about terms of service that would one day be placed on websites all over the world. Terms of service weren't the only thing the Lord and Moses talked about. The Lord had Moses write down a template for privacy policies, too.
God: Just because I know EVERYTHING doesn't mean I always have to use that information. We all know I like to let things work themselves out, but when it comes to mortals they get skittish if they think someone is watching them in their bathroom. So make sure that websites tell people how they use the information they collect. More importantly, be sure to let them (i.e. the person reading this) know they need to provide the following information to Followme.org (“FollowMe” or “Site”):
- your name
- your email
- your address
- your date of birth
- your telephone number
Moses: What's email?
God: Something people will use in other countries to tell you about great inheritances you've won if you only send them all of your information (which they use in ways that FollowMe doesn't since FollowMe is owned by good guys and gals)
God: Oh, and uh.... Write this down as well: FollowMe receives revenue third party marketing partners and Google AdSense. What can I say? All good things come at a price and the site owners should receive a little geld for their work.
Back to this whole privacy thing .... Tell the people that when they give out their information they are getting their express written consent and explicit permission to receive any and all communications from the website and/or the third parties with whom they have a relationship. And make the user aware that the site will sell and share user information with third parties to make their experience with website all that much more, shall we say, divine. Here's how FollowMe will use the user's information:
Moses: But God, what if people don't want e-mails and stuff from Followme anymore?
God: The folks at FollowMe will be sad, but the user should provide written notice to unsubscribe from receiving future emails and other content.
Who doesn't like to have a good taste in their mouth? As far as this website goes we want you to have a good taste in your mouth by a sending you some yummy cookies to help us know that you are who you say you are so that your privacy and security can be protected. We promise not to send your computer cookies that are the cyber equivalent of chocolate laxative or anything else that can make your computer sick. We want to keep God's command to treat our neighbors with respect.
If for some reason there is a need to share the information you gave to us with law enforcement officials, who are acting in good faith, to carry out an investigation regarding a criminal or civil matter, be advised that we may share that information without your consent because you're a gave us permission to give your information to third parties.
Because California is a special place, we like to draw attention to how special it is because we comply with all the privacy legislation California has to offer. We do that because we know Californians love to surf - in the water or on the web - and we do we can to make sure our users California surf safely....online at least.
We want to know if your five-year-old or anyone else who is a minor is using our website because we have an obligation to protect children. Yes we want to protect all God's children, but we especially want to protect those who have reached the age of majority in accordance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Not to mention we don't want the Cop-pa's coming to our doorstep and hauling us off to jail. So please help us keep your kids safe. Make sure they eat right, get enough exercise, tell them not put their sticky fingers on a computer keyboard after eating a grape jelly sandwich, and not to visit websites without you surfing the web with them.