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What Legal Pages Do You Need on a Website?

What Legal Pages Do You Need on a Website?

You’re done designing your website–you’ve got a nice homepage ready, you’ve put your products and services up, and you have created a seamless user experience. It seems like the job ends there, but as a business that operates in the United States–and possibly with customers in the European Union–you need to add a couple of legal pages on your website to comply with data protection laws. 

These include mandatory pages, such as a privacy policy, a “Do Not Sell My Personal Information” link, and a cookie policy. You’ll also want to add Terms and Conditions, which, although isn’t required, is good to have as extra protection for your business. You can make one using a small business Terms and Conditions template from The Contract Shop.

Why You Need Legal Pages on Your Website

The main reason why you need legal pages on your website is to avoid any costly lawsuits, hefty fines, and harsh sanctions. Several data protection laws are in place to safeguard the information of consumers, and much of this responsibility falls on businesses that have online platforms. 

Among these include the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which regulates how businesses are allowed to handle the personal information of California residents, and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which mandates a comprehensive privacy policy that explains what, how, when, and where personal data is collected from citizens in the EU. 

Both of these laws and other similar regulations encompass websites that cater to the citizens in their scope, whether or not your business is based in the same area. This means that even if you’re operating from New York City, if you have people accessing your website from California or anywhere in the EU, you need to follow the rules set out by the CCPA and the GDPR.

Legal Pages You Need on Your Website

Here are some of the legal pages you should have on your website:

Privacy Policy

A privacy policy details what, how, when, and where personal information is collected, shared, and/or sold. It outlines the rights of the people a website is getting data from and informs them of how they can access their data or opt out of having their information shared or sold. It also reveals any third-party collection activities. 

“Do Not Sell My Personal Information”

A “Do Not Sell My Personal Information” link is needed on websites that sell the data of their consumers. This should include a link to the privacy policy and other relevant legal pages that talk about disclosures and what and how information is actually sold. 

You may also have to include a “Do Not Share My Personal Information” link if you’re disclosing personal data to third parties (such as for marketing and advertising purposes). 

Cookie Policy

A cookie policy informs users that your website collects and stores cookies. It explains what and how cookies are collected, what they’re collected for, with whom they’re shared, how they’re used, and how people can opt in, opt out, or customize their cookie experience. 

You need to ask users to consent to your cookie policy, which you can do with a banner, similar to the ones you’ve already likely seen on other websites.

Terms and Conditions

Does a website need Terms and Conditions? Laws don’t necessarily require it, but it’s good to have because it’s meant to safeguard your business. 

Now,what should website Terms and Conditions include? It should set out rules for your website, detailing the protection of your intellectual property, how you limit your liabilities (including those involving third parties), and the sanctions you can enforce on people who abuse your platform.

Be Legally Compliant With The Contract Shop®

As a business owner with a website, you have a responsibility to protect your site users under certain laws. Of course, you must also take legal steps to safeguard your own operations. To do both, you need to have certain legal pages on your website. Make these pages, including a comprehensive Terms and Conditions page, using compliant templates from The Contract Shop®!

Kevin Gallagher
Kevin Gallagher

Kevin Gallagher is the CEO of The Contract Shop®, a contract template store for creative entrepreneurs, freelancers, coaches, and more. His background is in helping online businesses grow, having previously worked at Allbirds managing part of their operations. He is proud to report that his digital artist wife Mandy is a happy customer of The Contract Shop®, and his main motivation is to help as many people like her as possible with the tools that they need to confidently manage their businesses.

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