WHAT ARE ONLINE TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Unlike other forms of broadcast media – radio, television and newspapers – anyone can set up a website if they have a connection and can publish away or set up a shop. Of course with a medium such as the web, when you go online you go online to the world and potentially become subject to the laws of not just your home country but also the laws of every territory where your website can be picked up.
It is always advisable before you set up a web site that intends to engage in any form of commercial transaction with customers that you set out the legal ground rules for how your web site is used and that you control the access of users to it, especially to avoid legal responsibility if your web site and content is misused or worse, your web site used as a conduit for passing online viruses. Your online terms and conditions usually fall into four categories:
- Those that set out legal dos and don’t and disclaim legal liability for the use of the website by others. These will usually set out terms that amount to acceptable use of the web site.
- Like privacy, how data is used and stored and protected is usually incorporated into the terms and conditions.
- Terms of business – if the website has been set up to promote , advertise or transact business online , there will need to be conditions of business that cover the same things you would cover off if you were buying from a shop or contracting with a professional contractor in person. These kinds of terms will very much be personal to the type of business and commerce being transacted and will in turn depend on whether goods or services are being traded.