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