The Importance of Website Policies
The first two pages of this document help explain what website policies are and how they help you comply with laws and also protect you by limiting your liability. We are not solicitors and this is not legal advice. We do, however, ask all of our clients to sign the final page of this waiver, acknowledging that we have provided you with this information.
Today’s modern websites are built to provide a great user experience and motivate prospective customers to reach out and inquire about what you have to offer. This is done through the use of tools such as contact forms, website analytics, and more.
Contact forms ask users to submit their ‘name’ and ‘email’, which are examples of personal data. When a website uses analytics, it collects each visitor’s IP address and shares that personal data with third party data analytics providers. These are just a few examples of the many ways websites collect and share personal data.
What is a Terms of Service Agreement
A Terms of Service Agreement limits the liability of businesses by stating the rules to using the website.
When a website offers links to third-party websites, a Terms of Service can help explain to users that the business is not responsible if a user clicks those links. So, if a third party link brings a user to a hacked website, the Terms of Service disclosure can help prevent you from being sued.
A Terms of Service agreement can also help you comply with consumer protection laws and reduce the likelihood of investigation by the authorities for violation of these laws. The UK has a stringent consumer protection law that requires specific disclosures to be made. Failing to make these disclosures could open you up to liability that could have been avoided with a comprehensive Terms of Service agreement.
There are many additional disclosures that a Terms of Service can make, but these two are the most popular and are easy ways to protect your website and your business.
Cookies are little snippets of code that get inserted into the user’s browser and device when visiting a website. They can help ensure a website properly functions (aka essential and functional cookies). They can also track website visitors for analytics and advertising purposes (aka marketing cookies).
Several privacy laws, including the UK Data Protection Act, require users to provide consent prior to implementing non-essential cookies on their browsers. This is commonly done through a cookie consent banner, which will ask your website visitors to choose their consent settings.
If you have the budget, we recommend hiring a solicitor that focuses on privacy law to write your website policies, monitor privacy laws, and update your policies when the laws change or when
new laws go into effect. If you do not have the budget to hire a privacy solicitor for your website policies, we recommend using Termageddon.
Termageddon is a comprehensive website policies generator and will update your website policies when privacy laws change or new laws go into effect, helping you stay compliant and avoid privacy-related fines and lawsuits, and they do it at a fraction of the cost of a solicitor. Although Termageddon is a technology company (not a legal services provider), it was founded by a privacy and contracts solicitor and the tool has been recognized as a trusted tech vendor by the largest international privacy organization in the world (iapp.org).
If Termageddon sounds like a good solution for your business, the license costs £79/year (or £7.99 per month), and we are charging a one-time setup fee of £50 to create the policy pages, insert/test the code and ensure your policies stay up to date with changes to the law. You will have full access to your policies with your own Termageddon account, and you will be notified via email when new laws go into effect and when your policies are being updated or when new disclosures require additional questions that need to be answered.
Please review and sign the Website Policies Waiver below, confirming that you have received our notice on the legal requirements of Privacy Policies and the additional protections of Terms of Service agreements.
Please select your plan for your website’s policies: