Although financial institutions, health care providers, and websites directed to children are required to create consumer privacy policies under federal law, other types of websites are not.  In 2003, California became the first state to impose a general requirement that most websites post a privacy policy.  Under the California Online Privacy Protection Act (“CalOPPA”), all websites that collect personal information about state residents must post an online privacy policy if the information is collected for the purpose of providing goods or services for personal, family, or household purposes.1 Since the passage of the CalOPPA, most websites that collect information – whether or not they are directed at California residents or are otherwise subject to the CalOPPA – have chosen to post an online privacy policy….

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