Privacy Policy for a Travel Website: How To Create One

Etienne Cussol CIPP/E, CIPM

by Etienne Cussol CIPP/E, CIPM

December 22, 2023

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If you own a travel website or blog, you might assume it doesn’t need a privacy policy.

But if you collect email addresses and names for a newsletter, use internet cookies for ads or analytics, or collect personal information in other ways, you may be legally required to post one.

Below, read why travel websites need privacy policies, what goes into them, and how to easily make one for your site.

Table of Contents
  1. How To Make a Travel Site Privacy Policy
  2. What Is a Privacy Policy?
  3. Which Privacy Laws Affect Travel Websites?
  4. Does Your Travel Website Legally Need a Privacy Policy?
  5. What Are the Benefits of Having a Privacy Policy on Your Travel Website?
  6. What Should You Include in Your Travel Website’s Privacy Policy?
  7. Where To Display Your Travel Site’s Privacy Policy
  8. Summary

How To Make a Travel Site Privacy Policy

To start, let’s discuss how to make a privacy policy for your travel website.

Use a Privacy Policy Generator

The fastest, easiest way to make a privacy policy for your travel website is to use Termly’s free privacy policy generator.

It includes provisions to help you comply with different data privacy laws, is vetted by our legal team of privacy experts, and gets updated regularly to account for new legislation.

The generator asks simple questions about your business and its data processing activities, then makes a unique policy based on your answers.

See what it looks like in the screenshot below.

Termly-privacy-policy-generator

Use a Privacy Policy Template

You also have the option to use our free privacy policy template, which is ideal for a travel website that doesn’t collect any personal data or that collects only minimal amounts.

The template is formatted for you and includes standard clauses and language to help you comply with several data privacy laws.

Just fill in the blank section manually with details about your business and delete any unnecessary clauses or add new ones as needed.

Write Your Privacy Policy

You can also write a privacy policy on your own, but you must have adequate legal and technical knowledge.

It’s easy to accidentally leave something out, especially if you aren’t familiar with data privacy laws, which could put your travel website at risk.

If you decide to use this method, check out our comprehensive guide on how to write a privacy policy in nine steps for more help.

What Is a Privacy Policy?

A privacy policy explains to your website visitors that your site collects personal information and provides them with details about:

  • What personal data you collect
  • How the information is collected
  • Why you collect the data (aka, your legal basis)
  • If you share or sell it to any third parties
  • What rights users have over their personal data
  • How those users can act on their rights

Website owners are often legally required to have one, plus users expect to find one on your website, as it shows transparency and increases trust.

Which Privacy Laws Affect Travel Websites?

Depending on your personal data processing activities, several different privacy laws may apply to your business, including the following:

  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
  • California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA)
  • Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
  • Colorado Privacy Act (CPA)
  • Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA)

Additionally, third-party platforms or services you use may require a privacy policy, like Google’s ad publisher products.

Does Your Travel Website Legally Need a Privacy Policy?

Your website legally needs a privacy policy if you use any ad publisher products or collect personal information from visitors and meet the threshold of any data privacy laws.

Because privacy laws typically apply to sites that collect personal data from users in a protected area, they may apply to you even if you’re headquartered in another state or country.

While some laws have monetary and data thresholds, like the:

  • CCPA
  • CPA
  • CTDPA
  • VCDPA

But others don’t, including CalOPPA and the GDPR.

Unless your website consists only of your personal experiences and you know nothing about who visits it, you should err on the side of caution and post one.

What Are the Benefits of Having a Privacy Policy on Your Travel Website?

Putting a privacy policy on your travel website can benefit your business in multiple ways, and legal compliance is only one example.

Legal Compliance

A privacy policy ensures you comply with data privacy laws that might apply to your travel site.

Remember, CalOPPA and the GDPR apply based on whether you have visitors from the protracted regions and track their data or if you run your business in those regions.

If a user complains that they think you’re wrongfully collecting their data, these laws hold you financially accountable, even if you made the violation accidentally.

Boosts Business Reputation

Posting a privacy policy makes your website look more professional and secure, which helps boost your reputation.

Even if you don’t collect user information, linking to a policy that says as much keeps your visitors informed and prevents them from falsely assuming you’re secretly collecting their data.

Enhances Consumer Trust

When users can easily find your privacy policy, it increases their confidence in your site and makes them more likely to share their email to access a newsletter or click on a referral link.

Building this type of trust with your users is imperative, as it helps maintain readers and encourages people to return to your site or blog.

Improved Coordination With Third-Party Apps

Many third-party apps and platforms, like Google AdSense and Google Analytics, require users to post a privacy policy.

If your travel site wants to use any of these features, you’ll need a privacy policy that meets the guidelines they outline in their terms of use.

Better Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Implementing search engine optimization (SEO) helps people find your travel website, and posting a privacy policy may help boost your site in the algorithms of some search engines.

Many search engines prefer to put reputable websites as top search results, and posting one shows an ethical, secure, and legal commitment to your website visitors.

What Should You Include in Your Travel Website’s Privacy Policy?

Your privacy policy should include several pieces of crucial information, which I’ll cover in detail throughout this next section.

The Type of Data You Collect

Your privacy policy should disclose all the data you collect about website visitors.

That should include the obvious, like email address and other contact information a visitor might voluntarily put into a contact form.

But your privacy policy for a travel website should also contain the less obvious data, like:

  • Location tracking information
  • IP addresses
  • Referral sources
  • Anything else you know about your visitors

Most privacy laws focus on personal information, but what each law sees as personally identifiable might surprise you.

How and Why You Use the Data

Your privacy policy should disclose how you use data and your purpose for doing so, following any applicable data privacy laws.

For example, under the GDPR, your purpose is known as your legal basis.

How you might use the data may include:

  • Re-marketing to existing customers
  • Providing targeted deals
  • Performing internal business analysis
  • Gathering aggregate information about visitor trends and interests

Whether You Collect Data From Children

If children under age 13 visit your travel website, you must follow the strict guidelines of the U.S. Federal law, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

Even if your travel website doesn’t include family vacations or ways to keep the kids entertained on family trips, your privacy policy should state if you don’t intend to collect children’s data.

How You Protect Visitor Data

The idea behind a privacy policy might be to demonstrate transparency to users about what data you keep, but you’re also obligated to keep that information safe.

In a clause, outline the steps you take to ensure data remains private and secure, like through encryption or anonymization.

Third-party Sharing of Data

Most data privacy laws require you to tell consumers if you share or sell their personal information with any third parties.

Include a clause explaining what external entities can access the data, especially if your site performs targeted advertising or analytics.

Cookies and Other Data Tracking Methods

It’s common for travel blogs and other consumer-oriented websites to use cookies that track user behavior.

For example, you might use cookies to see where your visitors came from, such as a search engine results page, and where they went on your site.

If so, disclose it in your privacy policy and include a live link to a cookie policy.

Description of Consumer Rights Over Their Data

Many data privacy laws, including the VCDPA, CPA, and CCPA, require you to explain what rights consumers have over their data and how to follow through on them.

You must include these details in your privacy policy.

Consider adding a section for users based in different locations so they can easily find the rights that apply to their specific situation.

Updates To Your Privacy Policy

You should update your privacy policy whenever your data collection processes change or evolve so it’s always accurate and up to date.

Under laws like the CCPA, you must update your policy at least once every 12 months.

Ensure your privacy policy has a last updated date at the top, as laws require one, and consider keeping an archive of older versions of your policy.

Where To Display Your Travel Site’s Privacy Policy

Once you’ve created your privacy policy, you should put it in multiple spots throughout your travel site to ensure your consumers can always access it.

We recommend linking it in all of the following spots:

Summary

A privacy policy is necessary for your travel website if you collect user data through payments, data tracking, or other methods.

Without one, you risk facing legal trouble and other severe repercussions, like losing the trust of your website visitors.

If you want to easily create a comprehensive and legally compliant privacy policy for your travel website, our Privacy Policy Generator is here to help.

Etienne Cussol CIPP/E, CIPM
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Written by Etienne Cussol CIPP/E, CIPM

Etienne is an Information Privacy professional and compliance analyst for Termly. He has been with us since 2021, managing our own compliance with data protection laws and participating in our marketing researches. His fields of expertise - and interest - include data protection (GDPR, ePrivacy Directive, CCPA), tracking technologies (third-party cookies, fingerprinting), and new forms of privacy management (GPC and the Google Privacy Sandbox). Etienne studied International Economic Affairs at the University of Toulouse, and graduated with a Masters in 2017. More about the author

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