This article on Wikipedia is a good - if brief - introduction to privacy policies. Those concerned with European Union law should have a look at Europa's data protection pages (Europa is the EU's official website).
If you need a more detailed perspective on privacy policies, there is a wealth of reading material available on Amazon, including introductory, academic and professional approches.
Legal News: Data Protection and Privacy
Keeping up to date with the latest data protection and privacy issues around the world has never been easier. Below are just a few websites and forums to get you going:
The websites of the national authorities on data protection and privacy provide a range of resources highlighting the rules specific to each jurisdiction. A comprehensive list of authorities can be found at Privacy Laws & Business. In the US, the Federal Trade Commission oversees the safe harbor programme for personal data exported from the EU, while in the UK authority the Information Commissioner's office is responsible for regulatory oversight.
If you are looking for a precedent policy relating to website privacy, make sure you have a look at our privacy statement template.
Law Firms Specializing in Data Protection and Data Privacy
Privacy law advice will usually come under the aegis of the IP/IT or media and technology department of a law firms. The Legal 500 and HG.org directories provide comprehensive lists of firms who specialize in this area, including links to leading individual lawyers.
Copyright 2010-2013 SEQ Legal LLP
Howbery Park, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 8BA, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1491 821123, Email: mail (at) contractology (dot) com
UK Company Reg. No. OC325208 , UK VAT Reg. No. 902 1495 52