You may also not realise that the UK data protection act may be applicable to you if you handle personal information through your website, or that your website needs to be built with accessibility in mind.
Terms and Conditions
A terms and conditions notice provides visitors with information about the content of your website and what they are permitted and not permitted to use it for. A sample website usage terms and conditions can be downloaded from the Business Link website.
A copyright notice allows you to express how your website content can be used, downloaded or distributed by your visitors. A sample internet copyright notice can be downloaded from Business Link. You may also wish to consider licensing your work at Creative Commons, this will allow you to keep your copyright, but allow people to copy and distribute your work provided they give you credit.
Data Protection Act and your Website
The UK Data Protection Act requires all organisations which handle personal information to comply with a number of important principles regarding privacy and disclosure.
There are eight principles which are designed to ensure that personal information is handled properly. The Data Protection Act gives individuals the right to know what information is held about them.
If you process personal information on your website then you will need to notify the Information Commissioner’s Office. This currently costs £35 a year and adds your business to the public register of data controllers.
The UK Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) refers to the provision of goods, facilities and services. The act makes it “unlawful for a service provider to discriminate against a disabled person by refusing to provide any service which it provides to members of the public.” The act means that service providers must “take reasonable steps to change a practice which makes it unreasonably difficult for disabled people to make use of its services.”
Make sure the company that is building your website makes your website accessible, otherwise you could face legal action.