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As is the case every year, digital marketing processes have shifted to better protect the consumer.

Privacy is a topic that online marketers are struggling with, for many marketing professionals find it challenging to distinguish privacy from personalization. The information we extract from our consumers helps us give customers a tailored experience when they’re in the buying process. As global economies apply stricter laws for online privacy; however, marketers must use less-intrusive ways of collecting consumer data.

Privacy Laws and Why They Exist in Marketing
Hackers have been a threat to online shoppers since the internet went public in the ‘80s.

The depth of infiltration that hackers achieve now is somewhat reduced, but a “gray area” in online privacy for 2020 relates to marketing. Marketers need to collect data. Marketing agencies could spend months learning about their leads. The information that ad agencies collect comes directly from their targeted audiences.

Fresh, 2020 laws are redefining how online data can be collected, and the new-privacy statutes are leading digital marketers to adjust their methods. Here’s a bit more about online-privacy laws and why they’re more prevalent:

The Consumer Wants Them—Surfers who buy from online markets want to protect their identities. The consumer is open to giving an online business data via consent, but online audiences don’t want their data taken by force.

You can be Penalized—Countries are now issuing fines that businesses pay when guilty of “taking” a person’s data without consent. You must be clear about any data you collect from your leads. Your safest route is only to gather the information that your consumer agrees to give you.

Better Lead Generation—Online-privacy laws are improving because the internet is more integrated into our lives. The more that web technology is adapted into watches or phones, the more relevant that privacy improvements are. In the end, businesses generate better leads by respecting the privacy of potential buyers. Obtaining consumer information isn’t illegal, but how you collect that data could be.

Online businesses need to collect data about their leads to competitively market to their consumers.

However, privacy laws are distinguishing how information is obtained and how you must explain it to your leads. Keep your consumers informed about how you use the information they give and ask them directly for that info.