Legal Requirements – they hound us wherever we are, and if we don’t comply we risk penalties. So you need to keep your site compliant.
There are four items you should pay attention to for your site, and they are;
- GDPR requirements
- Cookie Consent
I will deal with them individually and try to provide links that will assist where necessary.
How Is The Disclaimer Page Important?
See the following example of a disclaimer for a site giving legal advice.
The disclaimer makes clear to the users of your website’s service or commodity that, you won’t be holding the guarantee for inaccuracies of any content, product, or service.
It can also be seen as an abridged version of the terms and conditions of a business or website. The following points highlight the importance of a Disclaimer.
- A disclaimer page can protect you legally, no matter how brief .
- A disclaimer states that the content on your website is for educational/informational purposes only and that viewers must use their own discretion when using it.
- A disclaimer mitigates your responsibilities if any visitor uses your content and is harmed.
- You may include a statement about the advertisements and reviews being displayed being promotional, and that you don’t endorse them or the products they promote.
“The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individual citizens of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU and EEA areas.”
You, the Controller of personal data are required to put in place appropriate technical and organisational measures to implement the data protection principles. The data sets may not be publicly available without explicit, informed consent, and cannot be used to identify a person without additional information (which must stored separately).
So basically, you are required to keep the personal information of your visitors and customers secure and may not make them public or share them with other sites without express permission. The onus is therefore placed on you to secure the personal details.
In WordPress, there are convenient apps that take care of this for you.
If you have a WordPress site, these pages are available on the platform. A little tweaking and you will have a suitable page for your site. If you don’t have a wordpress site you can do a search and very easily get the required wording of the document. Just ensure that it is correct and refers to your site and not https://yoursite.com
Create a link on a menu to your privacy page. It is common to place a link in the Footer and not in the main menu.
How To Add A Disclaimer
A disclaimer can be set up much like the Privacy Page, only with the disclaimer on it. Pay attention to the wording of your disclaimer when you set up the page and make sure that it is applicable and that it covers you. It would be of little help to place a medical disclaimer on a legal website. There are Disclaimer generators available. You can see one here. (DISCLAIMER – I have not used this product and am in no way responsible for its performance).
I would advise that you add a clearly worded link to your sites Disclaimer, on most pages, especially pages that give advice on legal issues or medical issues etc.
These Policies and requirements are a bit of a pain to set up, but once done, you are free. It is best to comply if you want to succeed online so take the time and make the effort to get these pages and notices done.
I use a platform that that provides you with all theses documents as standard together with a lot of other tools that aid mu success.
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