There are several documents that most websites should have in order to comply with the law.
- Terms and Conditions:
If the website provides social interaction or sharing of content, it should also set out the expected standards for acceptable use of its website by the end user. This can be done in addition to the terms and conditions of use or in a separate policy linked from those terms and conditions.
If the website includes a bulletin board (message board/forum) the operator should also consider including the rules which control its use.
- Cookie Notice:
- Intellectual Property Notice:
Intellectual property (IP) is a vital asset for an online business and its brand. Failing to make it clear what website users and customers can do with IP can make it difficult to protect and enforce. Traders must ensure that their own IP is protected and that they and their users do not infringe any third-party’s IP rights.
An IP notice informs the public that the work is protected by copyright. It identifies the copyright owner and shows the year of first publication. An IP 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.
- Accessibility Notice:
All types of disabilities should be considered when designing a website or mobile application. This includes blindness, visual impairment, hearing loss and cognitive or motor impairment.
The Equality Act does not specifically cover website accessibility, but it does cover the provision of services, which includes services provided by a website operator. Website operators have a duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people in the services they provide.
Website operators need to anticipate the needs of potential and actual disabled users for reasonable adjustments. The aim is to provide a service to disabled users that, as closely as possible resembles the service provided to the public at large.