Having a website can be a total game changer in your business, but having a website that doesn’t (at least) meet the bare minimum legal requirements can be detrimental to your business.
Now, I’m no lawyer and I’m certainly not qualified to hand out any legal advice, so please know this is NOT legal advice!
No Illegal Activity
First and foremost, you can’t be doing anything illegal on your website. This one is a little obvious, but I felt like I was doing a dis-service leaving it out. In order for your website to exist online legally, you can’t be conducting any illegal activities on your website. Got it? Good. Moving on!
Terms of Service/Terms and Conditions (optional, but highly recommended)
GDPR Compliance (necessary for some businesses, but not all)
There is a lot of confusion out there about GDPR Compliance.
What is it? Who has to abide by it? Doesn’t it have to do with Europe – why do I need to know if I’m a US business?
Regardless of the base location for your business, you’re going to want to check and see if this applies to you. Compliance is fairly easy so don’t start sweating yet! Explained in the most straight-forward way possible, if your website is open and available to any person living in Europe, your website must be GDPR compliant. GDPR is a European law, but is in place to protect European citizens. This means if you’re website is available to European citizens, it applies to you!
Linked here is a super handy guide to everything you need to know about GDPR and how to navigate this law in your business.
And, linked here is an easy to follow checklist specifically for US businesses to walk you through how to make sure your website meets GDPR compliance,
Making Your Website Legal
So, if you’re cringing a little now that you’ve read all of that, don’t worry. If you have some legal work you need to do on your website, there’s no time like the present to get started!
The best way to ensure that your website’s legal requirements are fully customized to your business needs is to hire a lawyer to write them for you. But… this can be quite pricey. Like thousands of dollars kind of pricey. If this is in your business budget, I say go for it! If it’s not, don’t worry – you still have really good options!
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