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Legal

This is the Legal section of the site. As a web designer, one of the three main things that all businesses really need on their website are legal pages. Having a privacy policy page, a disclosures and disclaimers page on your site, your terms and conditions which are also known as your terms of use and Terms of Service. These three legal pages, make sure that you’re complying with the laws and also protecting yourself legally.

Further Reading

  • Termsfeed - Generate a Basic Privacy Policy Template

  • Tinyeye - Search The Web By Image

Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions policy are not legally required, though they help limit your liability should any future legal issues arise; it sets the contractual terms and rules of using your website. This is important for websites where users can post content, sign up for accounts, and e-commerce sites.

Your website should have a terms and conditions policy which outlines the site owner/contact information, your limitation of liability, the user notification process of updating the terms, as well as your country of governance.

In other words, Terms and Conditions tells the user that you’re not responsible for anything bad that happens when using the site.

In the U.S. it was found that 97% of people ages 18-34 consent to legal terms and services conditions without reading them.

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Privacy Policy

There are no overarching laws that require you to have a privacy policy page, but it’s best to have an updated policy to save you a headache down the road. Be sure to check all third-party tools you’re using – like email newsletter integrations, Facebook Lead Ads, and Google Analytics – for any additional information that may be legally required to be in your policy.

Your website privacy policy needs to outline the site owner/contact information, what types of information your website collects, how the information may be shared, used, or stored (including with third-parties), the user notification process of updating the privacy policy, as well as the effective date. The policy should be easily found on your website, and be written in clear language that users can easily understand.

Skipping out on a privacy policy is just asking for trouble. Ultimately, privacy policies provide a safeguard for both you and your visitors.

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Cookie Policy

Cookies are bits of data that track user activity and help websites function. While you do need a Cookie Policy for CCPA (California Consumer Protection Act) compliance, it is not otherwise legally required in the U.S. (yet – but it is part of GDPR compliance). However, providing this information helps show your respect for your users privacy, and helps improve your credibility.

The cookie policy on your website should explain what cookies are, the types of cookies that will be used, how your website uses cookies, and how a user can delete, control or opt out of cookies.

 

The policy should be easily found on your website (it can be added or part of your privacy policy), and be written in clear language that users can easily understand.

The purpose of the cookie policy is to explain the consequences of allowing or disallowing cookies so that visitors can make an informed decision.

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Website Copyright

A website copyright notice helps protect the hard work and creativity that goes into your site from being stolen. This helps you have legal baring if someone does steal content published on your site. It can also be beneficial to outline further terms of use of your content in your Terms and Conditions policy.

Your website needs a copyright notice in an easily found location (commonly found in the footer), that includes the copyright symbol or word copyright, the year of publication, and the copyright owners name. As websites are constantly being updated and changing, you ideally want to keep the copyright year updated to the current year. 

A copyright notice tells users that your website belongs to you and that they cannot copy the content without your permission.

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