I want to build a website (or more like a personal project) that collects users' personal info (eg. email address). Is there any legal issue for that? I think I do need something like Privacy Policy, but do I need to have a company for the website?

  • What country are you in? Different countries have different laws.
    – Mike Scott
    Jul 29, 2015 at 15:01
  • I am in Canada.
    – Larry
    Jul 29, 2015 at 15:38

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Depending of the personal info you want to collect. If you want a Name/e-mails for example, for a subscribers list or something like that - you are good to go without company. Of course you must have the right Privacy Policy and you shouldn't misuse the collected information. For certain types of PII however you'll need not only a company, but certifications too.

  • Thanks. Basically, Email / Password for them to log in. Andprobably username, gender. That's it.
    – Larry
    Jul 29, 2015 at 15:43
  • You don't need to have a company for this, for sure. Still - make sure the password is encrypted in some way, and don't forget the Privacy Policy!
    – ePetkov
    Jul 29, 2015 at 15:48

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