October 6, 2022
From privacy notices to cookie policies, websites are obligated to host a series of documents to meet UK law requirements. Exactly what needs to be covered will depend on the nature of your business, but to offer a helping hand, we've created an overview of the kinds of documents you should consider including on your website. Let's get started.
Under UK data protection law, website owners are required to let users know when and how their personal data is being ‘processed’. ‘Processing’ means doing pretty much anything with someone’s personal data and following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2016, ‘personal data’ includes ‘online identifiers’ such as IP addresses and cookies. This means that you may be processing personal data, even when you only have a simple site for informational purposes.
The law requires that where cookies are being used on a website, the user must be given notice of this and allowed to opt-in or out of the use of certain cookies. You will no doubt have seen this in the form of cookie banners or so-called ‘cookie walls’ on sites you visit.
If you are providing services via your website, you will also need to provide terms and conditions (T&Cs) that govern the provision of your services. If you’re providing services to consumers (rather than other businesses), your dealings will be more strictly regulated, and your T&Cs will need to comply with certain legal requirements and include specific information. Your T&Cs will underpin all of your sales and will be the first thing you turn to when a problem arises covering important issues such as liability, so it is well worth investing in them to ensure you get them right.
As you can see, there's a lot to consider when managing your website. To simplify the process, we've put it all into one handy infographic for you. Sorted!
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