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Does your website contain the following?

A company or partnership operating a website must provide information about itself on the site. This applies to any website, even those that do not have any e-commerce functionality. The information needs to be easy to find. Usually it is shown on a ‘contact us’ or ‘about us’ page. The information should include:

  • Name of website operator (trading and registered names).
  • Company registration number and place of registration.
  • Physical address. This includes the registered office address, established address, and any address for the receipt of notices required by law.
  • Communications address (postal address, email address and telephone number or other method of contacting by non-electronic means).
  • VAT number, if applicable
  • Name of any trade bodies, professional associations, or authorisation schemes that the business belongs to or is subject to. Including membership or registration details of the relevant authority.

A website should also contain the following policies:

Terms of use:

A website should include terms which set out the foundation on which a website is provided and may be used.

Terms and conditions for sale/supply of good/services:

Terms should be appropriately drafted, reflect intended allocations of risk and liability, and comply with the applicable laws. Including, unfair terms and consumer protection legislation.

Intellectual property notice:

An intellectual property notice informs the public that the work is protected by copyright. It identifies the copyright owner and shows the year of first publication. A copyright notice can assist the owner if the work is infringed as it provides evidence of publication and can limit a claim of the defence of innocent infringement and provide evidence for the damages claim.

Privacy policy:

An online business must have a privacy policy that complies with the General Data Protection Regulations ((EU) 2016/679) (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018. A privacy policy informs the websites users on how it collects, uses, stores, transfers, and secures personal data through using its website and to provide goods and services.

The GDPR sets outs principles which must be complied with when processing personal data. These include transparency requirements which state that controllers must notify data subjects about their personal data handling practises via a privacy policy at the time data is collected.

Cookie notice:

The use of cookies and similar technologies is currently regulated through the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (PEC Regulations). Regulation 6 states that ‘website operators cannot store information or gain access to information stored in the terminal equipment of a user unless the user is provided with clear and comprehensive information about the purpose of such storage or access and has consented to it’. Regulation 6 does not apply to cookies which are necessary to provide an online service requested by the user.

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