Legal disclosures on a website are incredibly important, and oftentimes required by law. We see them on nearly every website, but what are they, and what should they say?
When creating any of these documents, your first stop should always be to consult with your legal council.
We at Cornershop do not provide legal guidance on what your policies should be or say; only that you have them.
In addition to talking with your lawyer, here are some recommendations for how to create legal policies on your website.
The internet has many resources around creating privacy policies, including:
Cornershop does not endorse any of these sites, but know that they have been used by other clients to create their own policies, while consulting with their legal council.
This policy is an agreement that all users must consent to in order to use a website or service. It’s more commonly seen on ecommerce sites or sites with user interactions (social media, blogs with active commenting, or anything that required a user account to login).
Discuss with your legal council if this is necessary or required for your specific site, and if so, what specific provisions you need. Some initial templates and resources, include:
In April 2016, the European Union adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is a set of data protection laws. As part of that law, it required websites to disclose to users and requires users to give informed consent if the site is collecting any personal information (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Data_Protection_Regulation#Principles).
Since the creation of GDPR, other local, state and federal governments have enacted similar legislation with similar requirements for certain businesses.
This gave birth to the ubiquitously used cookie consent popup that is now present on millions of websites.
You should speak with your legal council to see if your site qualifies, though Cornershop always recommends erring on the side of caution, and enable a cookie consent plugin (after all, it’s a good thing to tell users what data you’re collecting).
At the time of this writing, Cornershop recommends the GDPR Cookie Compliance plugin by Moove Agency, and we can enable this on your website. Just ask your project team, or the Cornershop support team.
At Cornershop, we recommend all sites follow the latest best practices for WCAG compliance on a website. Though even when best practices are applied at the time of development, it’s likely with changes in code, plugin updates, and new pages that are added to the site, that your site might violate some of these standards without realizing it. That’s where an accessibility statement comes in.
An accessibility statement discloses what steps you’ve taken to address accessibility concerns, and what users can do if they find other accessibility issues.
Not only does this show users your commitment to accessibility and inclusivity, and provide users with a way to contact you should they identify other issues, but it also protects you legally should someone try to take legal action against your site if they find an accessibility violation.
Some resources for this, includes: