|by GRI Instructor Jerry Kidd, GRI, CRS, CRB |
Teaches GRI Course 107 - Real Property, Tax and Exchanging
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One of those things that seem to have been forgotten by many REALTORS® is that as operators of web sites and blogs we are governed by State law regarding privacy.
Specifically, the Online Privacy Protection Act. (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 22577(c).)
In part, this act states that The Online Privacy Protection Act (OPPA) applies to "operators," any person or entity that owns a commercial Web site or online service, and collects and maintains "personally identifiable information" as defined from a consumer residing in California.
You might ask if the law applies to REALTORS® (don't we always ask that one?) The answer is simple. Yes.
In fact CAR has gone to great lengths to educate you on this one through the use of a Legal Q&A entitled "Online Privacy Laws Affecting REALTORS®"
Here is a link to the Legal Q&A http://budurl.com/PrvcyPolicy. Read through the Q&A and you'll find the sample policy. You'll also find great info on other laws that affect your online business.
Stay safe out there!