Site Compliancy

There are basically three ways you need to keep your website in check: W3C, Internet law, Device/browser compliant.  These need to be checked and updated regularly.

W3C: If you don’t know, W3C is the group of folks who service the web and keep it running as smoothly as possible.  They are the ones who set the standards and, from time to time, raise them.  Their site offers an RSS feed of the latest news (this includes some, if not all, changes in Internet law) on keeping your site compliant in many different ways.

Internet Law: Federal laws seem to focus on the up front data privacy protection, i.e., what type of Privacy Policy and protection procedures you have set up and enforce on your website.  US states to date focus on making laws that handle issues after a privacy breach happens (disclosure procedures and victim notifications your site/business had in force and how you implemented them), but some are getting into the front end as well.  And each state is different to some degree.  For your website to do business with their citizens it needs to be compliant with THAT STATE’S laws; then there are the laws that need to be honored from the state where you set up/manage the website from.  Finally, 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.  In other words, if your site doesn’t comply with some/all of these standards… it can be blocked from being seen.  UPDATE: the ITU has discontinued the meeting for now.  Here is their main governing website to stay up to date on this.

Device compliant: can your customers see you on their smartphone model #xxxxx?  Do you need this compliancy if only 2 of your customers use this device?  This is up to you, at least for now.  But keeping abreast of the latest trends in mobile devices that connect to the Internet is also an ongoing compliancy practice you should have.

These are the top three.

Did you know that if you cater to folks with disabilities, the US government can shut down your site if it is not capable of being accessed by these folks.

Also, certain laws may prohibit or require other compliances if your site sells certain adult items or uses certain non-family-friendly language.  That is why it is best to have a Terms of Use that states what age your site is meant for.  This is primarily coming from the ITU talks.

I have a Site Compliancy Package that can research this all in one report.

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