Is Your Website Legal? You Might Want to Add This

No one likes to deal with legal stuff, except maybe attorneys.  

I’m not one, by the way, so make sure to talk with one about this ;)

It seems complicated, and just not fun.  But, if you have a website, you’re just going to have to deal with a little bit of it.  Before you leave the page, bear with me here.

You may have heard all the hoopla about the GDPR and blew it off.  You don’t know what that is, so it doesn’t apply to you, right?

Nope.  

The GDPR mandates that every single website needs at least one piece of legal information if you have visitors from European countries - a privacy policy.  

In addition, if you collect any personal information at all, privacy laws all over the world require that you have a privacy policy on your website. If you use cookies to track your data analytics, that means you’re collecting personal information - someone’s location, IP address, and what brought them to your site.

If you have a live website, you need to have a privacy policy. Period.  

If you don’t have one already, definitely add one ASAP. Don’t worry, I’ll walk you through how to do it in a minute.

Other legal notices that are recommended, but not legally required (as of the date I’m writing this), are terms of use a/k/a terms and conditions, disclaimers, and a copyright.  Basically, you want to tell your visitors what you will and won’t do, and what they can and can’t do. There’s more to it than that, but you know, in legal jargon that will put you to sleep.

So, you know you need it, that’s the first step.  How the heck do you get these notices without paying a fortune in attorney’s fees?

It’s a lot easier than you think.

There are free options around the web, but even better, there are affordable templates created by attorneys.  I definitely have more peace of mind using the second option.

I use YourOnlineGenius.com, and I highly recommend it!  He has a website package that includes the Privacy Policy, Terms & Conditions, and Disclaimer notices - everything you need.  He also has a very helpful blog and podcast that are oriented towards online business owners.

All you need to do is purchase the templates you need and download them.  

The notices are very easy to use and customize for your business. Bobby has made the process to get your business legally covered very straightforward.  He even includes videos to walk you through the forms.

Once you have the forms ready to go, adding them to your website is simple - especially if you use Squarespace.  

All you need to do is add a page to your site for each notice. The key is to add these pages to your footer so that they appear at the bottom of any page on your website.

In Squarespace, do the following:

  1. Add a new blank page for each notice to your Footer Navigation.

  2. Copy the text from each notice and paste to its corresponding page.

  3. Double check the formatting of the text.

  4. Save it, and your done!

As for that copyright, you may be wondering how that fits in…

No, you don’t actually have to file for a copyright for your website.  In fact, you’d have to do that every time you made a change, including adding new blog posts. That’s just impractical and expensive.  All you have to do is write “Copyright Your Website 20XX” in your footer. Seriously. It’s really just a deterrent for anyone considering duplicating your content.  So, go ahead and put that at the bottom of your site too, just in case.

Easy, right?  

You seriously have no excuse not to get that done now.  

Head on over to YourOnlineGenius.com, buy your forms, and get them onto your website.  Once you’re done, reward yourself with a nice cup of coffee, because now you can rest easy knowing your website is legal, and you did it yourself.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!  And, if you’d like to chat about a new Squarespace website, set up a time to talk with me below.  

I look forward to meeting you!




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