Lesson 15: Website Disclaimers, Terms and Privacy Policies
In 2004, the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) in the USA started a massive attack on web businesses that had been lacking of the required legal documents on their webpages, such as disclaimers and privacy policies. Websites were shut down and the owners were charged high penalty fees.
If you publish an email newsletter, or have some kind of announcement list to which people can subscribe on your website, tell them what happens to their contact informations and what type of information you will send them.
Another very important part are the disclaimers. You must disclaim your liablilty for the action people take upon the information they read on your website. Tell your visitors that all the content on your website is for information purpose only and that you do not guarantee that this information is accurate and reliable, thus acting upon the information on your website is at everybody´s own risk.
You also must disclaim your liablity for the content that is linked from your site, or in other words: tell your visitors that you are not responsible for the content on all the other websites to which you link from your site.
Here´s a sample disclaimer for a personal, non-commercial website.
Depending on the nature of your website / online business, you need to have even more disclaimers, such as an earnings disclaimer when you are selling products and services that are on the subject of helping people to earn money.
Anyway, if you have any kind of commercial website, no matter what you are selling, I highly recommend you don´t take any risks and get professionally written legal documents from someone who knows his stuff.
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Just in case you mention brand names and registered trademarks inside the text on your webpages, you should also state that all the trademarks are the property of their respective holders.
Of course, it depends on what you intend to do or sell on your website. You might need membership agreements, purchase agreements and a couple of other documents. Therefore, I recommend you get AutoWebLaw Pro which gives you all the legal documents you need for your website, written by an expert in internet laws.
Hint: I create all the legal documents of my websites in minutes with AutoWebLaw Pro. For example, at EasyWebTutorials.com/terms.html you can see an extensive version.
Now it´s time to look for a place to publish your website to the internet. The next lessons gives you valuable tips for choosing the right webhost for your site and compares some different types of hosting services.
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