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Make Sure Your Website Is Legal

Does your site just look good
OR
Does it
LOOK GOOD & COMPLY

Getting your website right is important!

With all the scams and "fake news" out there I always look for legitimacy and use basic common sense with a big dollop of Sinicism.

What do I look for

 

  • Site security ?  https://www.letsbuybritish.co

  • Contact telephone number

  • Contact email address

  • Address verifiable through google or map facility

  • Registered office and company number

  • VAT number

  • Privacy policy & terms

SSL CERTIFICATE

 

Secure Sockets Layer installed on your website creates an encrypted connection between your web server and the user's browser while they are viewing or making a payment on your website.

COMPANY INFORMATION

As a business owner, it is a legal requirement to clearly display company information on your website. As of 2016, it is also a legal requirement for any website owner to clearly provide an email address on your website.

(NOT just a contact form)

For registered companies (LTD/LLC, PLC etc), you must include:

 

  • The business name

  • The place of registration (eg, England & Wales, Scotland etc.)

  • Registered office address

  • A contact email address

  • VAT number (if any)

For sole traders, you must include:

  • The business name (this may be just your name)

  • The registered office address

  • A contact email address

 

Make all this information available to provide integrity to your site

PRIVACY POLICY

If you are collecting data from users on your website, you must have a Privacy Policy that outlines how your business will use that data. Therefore, you need a Privacy Policy if you have:

 

  • A contact form on your website

  • A shopping cart on your website

  • You collect email addresses through a newsletter sign up form on your website

  • Your site uses any form of analytics collecting information on your website traffic through Google, Bing or any other third party. This includes any diverting from your site to a form processor or payment gateway

It should include:

 

  • A basic introduction to what cookies your website uses

  • A link to the Online Dispute Resolution Platform  (this is a new legal requirement for 2016, so double check you have this in place!)  http://www.ukecc.net/consumer-topics/online-dispute-resolution.cfm

  • How you will be using any customer data you collect, and how you will store it

  • A link to and explanation of how you adhere to the Data Protection Act

 

MAKE SURE you have an UNSUBSCRIBE page.

It gives the user the ability to let you know they want their details removing.

Use common sense and delete all data / information from all databases.

A COOKIE POLICY

 

Users of a website must be aware that your website uses cookies, and they must also be aware of how to remove or block cookies.

 

  • You should have information clearly available to the consumer asking for their consent to using cookies:

  • Using a pop up on their first session visit asking them to consent by physically clicking 'OK'

  • Or you can display a clear link on every page linking through to your cookie policy to include details about the website use of cookies and instructions to remove

TERMS & CONDITIONS

 

For ecommerce websites; make sure you have links through to your terms & conditions, delivery, refunds and exchange policies.

Please note :   

These are notes from my research and the basic common sense employed in our every day business activities. I always say take a look at what you're trying to get across to prospective customers and ask yourself  "Would I or Do I trust this"?

Below are templates for Cookie & Privacy policies which can be downloaded and applied to your site.

Any questions? Use the forum or email mark@letsbuybritish.co  or even give us a call.

Cookies doc                            Privacy Doc

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