Your Website Needs some Resolutions Too!
- LEGAL COMPLIANCE: If you collect ANY information from your users, such as emails, names, registration for commenting on your site. IT IS THE LAW. EVERYWHERE.
- THIRD-PARTY SERVICES: It’s required by third-party services you may use, such as GOOGLE ANALYTICS, ADWORDS, iOS and ANDROID APPS, etc.
- BEST PRACTICE: Your Users are concerned more than ever about their PRIVACY and how their data is being stored. It’s a good faith gesture that demonstrates you care about their privacy as well
What If I do Not Collect Any Data at ALL?
It’s is also a best practice to clearly state that you do NOT collect any personal data from your website. This gives peace of mind to any User who is questioning their engagement with your website. And it keeps you COMPLIANT WITH PRIVACY LAWS.
- Consult Your Lawyer/ Legal Team– especially if you have a large site where a lot of data is being collected and stored, e-commerce is employed, or you are creating large databases of User information.
Am I also Required to publish a Terms and Conditions Policy?
No, not yet. However, this is another best practice that can limit your liability as an online business. Keep the two documents separate and link them to each other in the content of each policy. You can also generate Terms and Conditions Policies at one of the aforementioned websites. Again, I tweaked mine and added some information that is relevant to my business, such as my billing and payment terms for website design and print design. This is also a great place to layout your Client Expectations for timely delivery of assets and Final Proofing of any print or website design projects prior to publication.You can also mention any Affiliate Links through which you may receive compensation.
After meeting a lawyer at a conference for small business owners, I was advised to add Section 18- Governing Law which outlines terms of dispute resolution. That was an interesting item I had not considered prior to the session. It gave me great peace of mind to have professional legal advice in this matter.