Here Are Some Useful Resources To Get A Terms Of Service & Privacy Policy Up And Running

Although a Terms of Service and Privacy Policy (TOS) may be as interesting to write as toothpick instructions, that doesn’t mean you can skip it. In fact, they are among the most important bits of content for your entire website; add to that, most analytics providers (such as Google Analytics) require users to maintain a TOS in order to use their services.

ADAPTISTRATION-GUY-139For larger budget groups and those who enjoy pro bono legal services, generating TOS content that protects the organization and provides the site visitor with the proper degree of disclosure, creating TOS content is not a difficult task.

But what about everyone else?

Let’s see if we can take some of that pressure off with a few resources to help you create a TOS:

[ilink url=” “]Free: Ben Nadel’s Privacy Policy / Terms of Service Generator. Super easy and simple to use, but very basic.[/ilink]

[ilink url=””]Free (but loads of upsell hoops to jump through):; create separate versions for Privacy Policy, Terms and Conditions, Terms of Service, and Terms of Use notices.[/ilink]

[ilink url=””]Free (but requires registration and plenty of upsell): Ubenda’s privacy policy generator is very thorough but will take time to complete.[/ilink]

[ilink url=””]Free (but requires email validation based registration): is comprehensive and makes the final copy available after you’ve created and validated an account.[/ilink]

[ilink url=””]Fee based: does provide a good final product but my experience has been that it isn’t that much better than most of the free options.[/ilink]

To be clear, the best option is have a document crafted by a legal professional that specializes in that area of law and practices in your state of incorporation but in the end, something is better than nothing and what you really want to avoid is:

  • copying someone else’s TOS and substituting your name.
  • stick your head in the sand, pretend it doesn’t matter, and not have one.
  • make one but don’t include a link at your site (a good location is a static footer link next to your copyright notice).

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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3 thoughts on “Here Are Some Useful Resources To Get A Terms Of Service & Privacy Policy Up And Running”

    • That’w a very good observation and in general, I always advise clients to err on the side of caution. For UK and EU clients, they actually have more demanding regulations that require requisite language so if I had to hedge my bet, it would be that the US will go in that direction as well.

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