Updated: Aug 14, 2019
If you have a website it is very important to get compliant with government laws and third-party services. You should consider which, if any, legal pages your site should contain.
There is no rule that says a website must have any legal pages at all. But look at your website and evaluate it with or without legal counsel to determine whether you need a specific type of legal page. Should your website is using Cookies you have to explain the Cookies usage.
Any business, including small online businesses, should always protect their interest with a legal framework. It is essential to have some rule of law in place to provide a clear and stable structure to the business, regardless of the size of the operations.
In EEA area you have to follow the GDPR regulations.
Now, it's still possible to put up a binding and well-protected legal notice on your website without putting off your visitors. Use simple sentences in clear and plain language and then italicize, underline or highlight words that you want to be emphasized.
When writing down your website’s legal notice, try to put yourself in the user or customer's place. Consider what they might likely want to see from your website and what you want them to know about your business.
Writing legal notices in clear and plain words are also as challenging as writing in legalese. It still needs to be done with careful thought so that you can ultimately get your message across with authenticity and without confusing your customers.
Use clear and plain words for the legal framework of your website
Transparency and a understandable are the key for trust for your business partner and your customer.
For years now, there has been a movement pushing the use of plain English in business dealings or documents. Businessmen should not have to call up their lawyers to interpret an agreement when they are the ones negotiating and closing deals that will benefit their company.
Many business agreements fail to progress because of problems in words used in a contract. In some cases, legal documents filled with legalese can likely be seen as distrustful, especially for those doing business in countries whose first language isn’t English.
In an online business, transparency and honesty are critical for users browsing websites or e-commerce stores. If yours is filled with legal jargon, it’s easy for your online visitors to feel like you’re hiding something with all these big words and terms on your website.
Also, since the majority of online users are not well-versed in legalese like lawyers, then it won’t help to attract new clients or grow your business if the terms and conditions, privacy policies, disclaimers, and copyright notices are filled with the jargon. Using legalese on your website can discourage potential customers or clients from proceeding to navigating your online store.
However, if they do proceed and sign up with your service, it's also possible they may not have clearly understood your legal agreements. A lack of understanding may lead costumers to complain about your business, and you could be hauled in court for it.
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