What are the Transparency Requirements for GDPR, CCPA-CPRA, VCDPA, LGPD, PIPEDA & APPI?

Last Updated on March 16th, 2023 at 12:30 pm by admin

As data privacy concerns continue to rise, governments around the world are enacting laws to protect the personal information of their citizens. These laws require businesses to be transparent about their data collection and processing practices. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and The California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), the Brazilian General Data Protection Law (LGPD), the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), the Asia Pacific Privacy Law (APPI), and the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA) are some of the major data privacy laws that require businesses to be transparent about their data practices.

Why are Transparency Requirements important for shop owners?

Transparency requirements are essential because they ensure that businesses collect and process personal data in a fair and transparent manner. When businesses are transparent about their data collection and processing practices, consumers can make informed decisions about whether they want to share their personal information. Transparency also helps build trust between businesses and consumers. By being transparent about their data practices, businesses can demonstrate that they are committed to protecting the privacy of their customers. This, in turn, can lead to increased customer loyalty and a better reputation for the business. Additionally, transparency requirements can help prevent data breaches and other privacy violations by ensuring that businesses have proper data security measures in place.

To ensure that your business is as transparent and compliant as possible, the GDPR, CCPA-CPRA, VCDPA, LGPD, PIPEDA & APPI have specific requirements and guidelines for you to follow. We have gathered all of them here and created a list of the transparency requirements that you as an online merchant must follow in order to be compliant. 

Based on the law you need to comply with, you can find the respective transparency requirements below:

What GDPR requires that you tell customers

1. What your business does;

2. How they can contact you;

3. Why you are processing personal data;

4. What types of data do you collect and how long you will store it;

5. Disclosure of where data is being shared.

What the CCPA-CPRA requires that you tell customers

1. What types of information you are collecting;

2. For what purpose you are collecting data;

3. Specifics of what is being collected;

4. Disclosure of where data is being shared.

What do the VCDPA requirements include:

1. Stating what categories of personal data are collected;

2. Obtaining affirmative consent for sensitive data before collecting it

3. Providing an option for access and correct personal information.

4. Providing opt-out mechanisms 

5. Providing data protection assessments 

6. Honor deletion requests

7. Provide data breach notifications

The LGPD requirements

1. Explain that you collect personal data and specify what information is being collected;

2. What are your reasons for collecting it;

3. Inform people of their rights;

4. Explain how they can contact you to exercise those rights.

The PIPEDA requirements 

1. Organizations must state the purposes for data collection before or at the time of data collection;

2. Organizations must customize a privacy policy template to describe their organization’s data handling practices to comply with the PIPEDA openness requirement;

3. Organizations must honor users’ rights in accessing, reviewing, and correcting personal information.

The APPI main point for transparency

Companies looking to become APPI-compliant must ensure that they have a Privacy Policy that stipulates the purpose of using the collected information. They must apply cybersecurity measures and physical safeguards that guarantee the security of the personal information they process.

How the GDPR/CCPA app can help with Transparency Requirements

For a detailed explanation of how to add these transparency points to your Privacy Policy page check this video from our "Setup Guide" playlist. Additionally, don't forget to further explain every point you add, for a better understanding from your customers.


Transparency requirements are a critical aspect of data privacy laws that businesses must comply with to protect the personal information of their customers. These requirements ensure that businesses are transparent about their data collection and processing practices, which helps build trust and confidence with their customers. By doing so, businesses can not only avoid legal and financial consequences but also earn the trust and loyalty of their customers.

If you are in the position of an online merchant and wish to offer products in any of the regions these regulations apply, these are the things you must follow. Also, if you haven’t installed our GDPR/CCPA + Cookie Management app yet, don’t think twice.

To keep yourself up to date on all of the ways to be compliant, follow us on our social media channels, and for questions, don't hesitate to contact us via chat or email, or simply check our FAQ page.

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