The information that you will need to provide on your website depends on whether you are a sole trader, a partnership, a limited company and/or a member of a regulated provision. There are also some very detailed requirements for what you need to include if you are carrying on e-commerce on your website. This article only deals with websites that are not carrying on e-commerce.
- that you provide no guarantee as to the accuracy of the information on the website;
- that the user’s use of the website is at their own risk;
- that the user may not reproduce any of your content, designs, look/feel etc without your consent;
- that you have no responsibility for and do not endorse any linked sites;
- that if you recommend a third party product or service, you have no liability for that product or service;
- that a third party can’t link to your website without your consent;
- to prevent unauthorised access to your website;
- to prevent disclosure by users to third parties of access security information;
- to exclude your liability for any third party hacking into your site;
- to exclude liability for a third party posting illegal or defamatory content on your site;
- to exclude liability for any advice given on your website.
The Information Commissioner’s Office has published a Good Practice Note for website operators on the data protection aspects of collecting personal data and all good privacy policies should incorporate this.
Privacy policies are not specifically required under data protection law, but they can help to ensure compliance with a number of its provisions. Failure to comply can, in certain cases, lead to criminal sanctions (with directors and other company officers potentially facing personal liability) and liability for damages, not to mention negative publicity.
About the Author
This article was written by Suzanne Dibble of Lawyers4mumpreneurs.
Lawyers4mumpreneurs is a new legal practice established by award winning ex City lawyer Suzanne Dibble to focus on mumpreneurs’ needs.
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