No matter what site or app you are using, before finishing up with the initial sign up procedure, you should know what you are signing up for.
In this article, we will explain to you the difference between these terms and their importance.
Before we proceed further, you should know that Privacy Policies and Terms of Service aren’t same. There is a thin line difference between them Sadly most of us often confuse one for other.
Now, let’s understand what these terms are:
It is a statement or legal document that informs website visitors/ mobile app users about what personal information is collected, stored, shared, how it is collected and what is the use of it.
Also, the companies need to disclose if they are suing a third-party application for personal data collection.
A standard practice each company needs to have.
To understand things clear let me give an example: If you visit a website and it collects your personal data like email address then they need to mention the same and if user doesn’t agree to it then it can’t store the information. Also, the sites need to mention if they will leave any cookies on the system to collect data. While collecting personal information a company needs to disclose following things:
- Kind of personal information collected through website/app.
- Purpose of data collection.
- How the information will be used by the company or third-party apps?
- How user can review and make changes to the information?
What is Terms of Service?
Terms of Service also known as Terms and Conditions is the legal agreement that sets rules and guidelines for the user. When a user agrees to Terms of Service, he can use the website/app.
It is an agreement that works as bridge between the website or mobile app and the user.
Common sections of Terms and Conditions include following pointers:
- Information on copyrights.
- Account deactivation if user misuse the app or website.
- Billing and subscription information.
- Prohibited activities.
- Other disclaimers.
Without this kind of agreement in place and enforced properly, there’s no way to bind a user and to keep a check on website usage. If Terms and Conditions aren’t in place infringement of content can be done.
|Description||A legal document that provides information about the data being collected and how it will be used.||Set of rules and guidelines that one must follow to use the service.|
|Function||Inform user about their information being collected.||Rule and guidelines that should be followed.|
|Purpose||To reduce company’s and websites liability.||To guarantee that user abides to them.|
|Law||Made essential by law in some countries and jurisdiction.||Not required by law but still recommended.|
|Legally binging||May or may not be legal depending on the context.||Can be legally binded.|
|Recommendation||Suggested for all websites and apps.||Recommended if website sells products or services.|
If you keep yourself updated with all these things you can save yourself from all the distress and trouble.