Today we’re going over the legal pages your website must have in order to be compliant with the law. If you don’t have these in place, you are at risk of having your website taken down, being sued or having legal action taken against you. The great news, is that you can obtain versions of these legal documents online for both free & paid. It’s always best to get these custom made whenever possible to fit your businesses. All these links can live on the footer of your website. Here are the legal pages your website must have.
DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a lawyer. This is NOT meant to be legal advice and should NOT be taken as such. Please contact a lawyer for any legal advice.
Terms of Service:
A terms of service is a legal agreement that your visitor almost automatically accepts when visitng your website. You find these on pretty much every device like Apple, Google, TV. You are required to accept the terms of service before using whatever product. It’s the same thing for your website. You must provide a terms of service on your website so people can read it and accept it. Accepting it means that they continue to use your website. Terms of Service agreements provide information including disclaimers, content ownership, third party usage & more, based on what the business does.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was created in the EU to protect comsumers with how companies use their personal data. Primarily, in the case of when someone subscribes or joins an email list and what information is allowed to be sent to them after the fact. You’re required to explicitly say what subscribers will recieve and what they should expect when signing up and they must give clear consent (like clicking a checkbox) that it’s what the want. Apart from emails, its the use of internet cookies, analytical data, and any other web data gathered. Although this law is in the EU, it affects any business who does work or may have a subscriber from the EU.
If you share (or have) any affiliate links If you have any affiliate links on your website, you need to provide an affiliate disclaimer. This means you are clearly disclosing to your visitors that if they click an affiliate link that and make a purchase, that you will receive a commission (usually at no extra cost to them). This is similar to a #sponsered on Instagram or any social media post. All companies with affiliates include providing this disclosure for you to become an affiliate as well. I include in clearly on my posts as well as provide a link on the footer of my website as well.
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