Legal Compliancy

Here are four things you need to know before you launch your website.

  1. Make certain your website is accessible to your clients.  That is why regular testing and upgrading is so very important.  One example: if your clientele is primarily those with disabilities, your site better be set up to accommodate them or the federal government could shut you down.
  2. Privacy Policies are a BIG deal. Every state has its own rules and regulations for websites; most about privacy policies.  There are a few sites that offer free Privacy Policies for the state your business is in; but this may not cover all states your clients/visitors are in.  Along this line a Terms of Use type policy is always a good idea.  IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND AND ENFORCE YOUR PRIVACY POLICY!  It is also a good idea to have a privacy policy that meets all points in the most stringent laws out there; unfortunately these change so often it will be difficult to keep up.  But here is a link to a very good blog about this with multiple links that should help you set up your own regular review of these laws.
  3. Copyright protection.  Okay, so you shouldn’t worry so much about this since you write your own content from scratch.  Are you sure?  Have you ever read anything about the topic you are writing about?  Do you know for certain you are not using some of their phrases?  Simply put this is not a requirement as much as it is: 1) assurance you are doing all you can to be original (you can even post a logo of which ever service (Copyscape, plagiarism.org, copyrightspot.com, etc.) you use to prove this to your visitors) and 2) protecting yourself from copyright infringement.
  4. Federal, state and even global governance.  At the time of this posting it seemed that Federal laws were focused on the up front data privacy protection, i.e., what type of Privacy Policy and protection procedures you have set up and enforced on your website.  Whereas the states were making certain that once a privacy breach had occurred what disclosure procedures and victim notifications your site/business had in force and how you implemented them.  But they are now getting into the up-front part of websites that collect ANY information.  Then there is the global committee.  A U.N. agency called the International Telecommunication Union recently discussed rewriting a multilateral treaty that governs international communications traffic.

The topics of website regulation should not be treated with any flippancy.  As states, the federal government, and even the global commission whom implement the WWW regulations, rules, and laws will continually update how you can legally operate on the Internet.  Just like owning a business, but with more oversight since your online store/site is theoretically accessible by anyone in the world.

Contact me for budget friendly help with your website or web presence: Management, Maintenance, or Marketing… and even compliancy packages.

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