This blog explains three legal policies you need on your website, what each policy means in down-to-earth terms, and what each policy should include.
Just like businesses are governed by laws, so are websites. And these legal requirements are crucial — to protect your company and your customers. What policies do you need on your website to stay in compliance, and what should each policy include? In this blog, we’ll delve into three biggies: data privacy, cookies, and terms of service.
- A list and description of collected data
- Where you find collected data
- Why you collect it
- How it is collected
- Who else can see the collected data
- If the collected data will be shared or sold
- The rights that users have over their data
- How users can use those rights
- Your contact information
Do You Need a Cookies Policy on Your website?
- Disclose that your website collects and stores cookies
- Why you, or a third party, collect cookies
- The types of cookies you collect
- How you collect cookies (sign-ups, forms, etc.)
- How users can manage cookies on their devices.
Your website should also include a cookie consent that grants website visitors control over how cookies are managed on their devices by letting them choose if they want to allow, deny, or customize cookies. For example, our cookie consent appears on the bottom of the Tuna Traffic home page.
Do You Need a Terms of Service Agreement on Your Website?
Unlike privacy laws, no law requires you to have a Terms of Service Agreement (ToS) on a website. However, it’s a sound business practice. Why? Because a ToS is a legally binding document that explains the relationship between you and your customers — what you’ll offer customers and what your business can expect in return. And, by having a published Terms of Service Agreement, you establish clear rules of how customers can use and behave on your website, meaning there is less chance of a dispute. Plus, a ToS allows you to delete a customer’s account if they break your rules and gives you a legal leg-up if a trademark or copyright issue ever surfaces.
What Should You Include In Your Terms of Service Agreement?
Keeping your website and business safe and secure is priority one in a Terms of Service Agreement. While the list below is all-encompassing, it includes many of the basics to consider.
- Effective Date
- Acceptance of Terms
- Use of Services
- Appropriate Conduct
- Proprietary Rights
- Intellectual Property
- General Disclaimer and Warranty
- Limitation of Liability
- Whole Agreement
So, Now What Do You Do?