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Plagiarising "Privacy Policy"

     
11:28 pm on Aug 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Is it ethical to copy a Privacy Policy from another website and modify it to be relevant to my website?

Is there a Google duplicate content penalty for doing this?

Thanks.

7:59 am on Aug 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

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No it is probably not ethical per se but it is often done. Obviously it's easier if you have a company lawyer. But if you don't have one then I don't see any major problem with looking at other company's' privacy policies and using them as the basis for your own. I would never copy someone else's material verbatim but this process has been going on since before the Internet.

Regarding a duplicate content penalty, why would you be concerned about this on a PP page?

9:08 am on Aug 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

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99.9276% of the Privacy Policies on the internet have been "inspired" by those from another site. And no one gives a 'fig'.

You have the authorization to proceed.

thank you

9:57 am on Aug 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

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... or you could generate it [dmaresponsibility.org].
1:27 pm on Oct 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Habtom, what an excellent tip. Love it. I am no longer a purloiner of privacy policies! Free at last! (Of course I never inhaled.)
9:57 am on Oct 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Thats cool thanks
1:52 pm on Nov 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Perfect. Thanks