Effective website privacy notices

Giving notice to website visitors about how your agency collects and uses personal information is good practice. An effective approach to this task is to use a layered privacy notice, and we have recommended ’10 Steps to develop a multilayered privacy notice’ as a source of detailed information.

Now, based upon continuing collaboration with a small group of NZ agencies who are piloting the layered notice approach, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner has published ‘Questions & Answers About Layered Privacy Notices’. In the form of questions and answers, we state why a layered privacy notice can improve communication about how your agency handles personal information. It explains how layered notices structure information in a way that readers can recognise, gives reasons why the layered notice structure can meet the needs of agencies large and small, and introduces a simple process you can adopt to create your own.

Collaboration with pilot agencies is not yet complete. Hence, the information shared in ‘Questions and Answers’ is a work in progress and may expand or change as we learn from experience.

Click the link to see ‘Questions and Answers about Layered Privacy Notices’.

Additional Resources

OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development)
Making Privacy Notices Simple: An OECD Report and Recommendations

APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation)
Multi-layered notices Explained