Operators of an Internet Service
The Act defines operators of an internet service in a straightforward manner. An operator is defined as a person who owns an internet website, online or cloud computing service, online application, or mobile application. (Going forward I will refer to all of these platforms as a “web site”). It does not however include a third party who manages or hosts your site. This distinction is important because it places the responsibility on the “owner” of the site and not the person or entity who is actively managing the site on a day to day basis. This means for the business owner you are responsible and it is not a defense to argue that you hired a company to manage your web site. Internet service is defined broadly to encompass everything internet related regarding communication of information by wire, radio or other methods of transmission.
Personally Identifiable Information
Personally identifiable information (“PII”) is defined as data that allows a user to contact an individual through the collected PII either online or directly. Examples of PII include, first and last name, a physical address, an e-mail address, a telephone number, a social security number, or any other identifiers that would allow direct or online contact.
- The categorizes of PII that are being collected and if such information is being shared
- If the operator of the website maintains a method for the user to update or review its PII, this process must be disclosed to the user
- Disclose how the operator responds to web browser “do not track” signals or other mechanisms that provide users the ability to exercise choice regarding the collection of personally identifiable information
Take Away – Review Your Website
This entry is presented for informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute legal advice.