Every website and app must abide by online privacy laws, this sounds simple but it can easily feel like a minefield for new online businesses. We’ve condensed the legal requirements into a simple list that should hopefully get you on your way with your new site.
Here are the main legal requirements that every website or app must follow:
2 – Display a Cookie Banner
3 – Collect and Stores User’s Content (GDPR)
In a nutshell, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) means that all online businesses must collect freely given, specific, explicit and informed consent from all EU users. This needs to be done through an explicit opt-in action upon entering your site (no pre-filled boxes allowed!) This data then needs to be recorded through the use of valid consent proof records, which show exactly how, when and under which conditions consent was obtained.
4 – Protect Californian User’s Rights (CCPA)
Regardless of the geographic location of your business, if you have users that live in California, you must abide by the CCP (California Consumer Privacy Act). This act requires websites to display a notice informing users that their data might be collected and sold to other parties whilst also giving the user an option to opt out via a DNSMPI (Do Not Sell My Personal Information) link. Similarly to the GDPR you must keep records of opt-out details and are not allowed to contact users for a minimum of 12 months after they’ve requested to opt-out.
5 – Include a Terms and Conditions Document
We hope this list has helped you understand the basic legal requirements for websites and apps; however, if you’re still feeling slightly overwhelmed then don’t worry, that’s where we can help! Website creation is one of our expertise, meaning we can guide and support you through the legalities when we’re building your site.
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