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3 Ways to Protect Your Website Legally

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We all want to provide a great service to our users, right? But in our rush to do so, the not so fun steps are often forgotten. Whether you run a health and fitness site or a personal finance blog like this one, it is crucial to protect your business. Also, setting up these steps will help to protect your users as well!

1. Set Up a Privacy Policy Page

Why set up a privacy policy page?

This page is arguably the most important in order to protect you AND your users. On top of being a good practice to have one, you may also be required to have one.

Several regulations, that may apply to you, require the presence of a privacy page if you collect personal information. This information might be names, emails, or addresses. Even if you don’t currently collect personal information, it is a good idea to be set up in case you decide to in the future.

Some third-party services that you use may require that you have a privacy policy on your website. One of the most popular examples is Google Analytics. If you have a website you most likely use Google Analytics or another analytics service. These services collect user data and it is important to disclose this.

Lastly, data privacy is becoming increasingly important to users. It may be a priority, to some who visit your website, to know how their information is being used.

2. Set Up a Disclaimer Page

Disclaimers help to further limit your liability when it comes to the information presented on your website. A disclaimer can help you to state that the information on your site is purely for entertainment or educational purposes and that it may change at any time. This will help set the standard that any actions people take with this information are at “their own risk”.

3. Terms and Conditions Page

A Terms and Conditions page helps to set the rules that are to be followed when using your website. This is to again limit your risk in the case of someone using your website in an unauthorized manner. Although this page is not necessarily required, it is a good idea to set the rules through which your set operates.

How can you set up these pages?

Many websites, like this one, are using the option of premade templates that are ready for use. You can find some here or do your own search for ‘premade legal templates’. We’ve found this option from aselfguru.com to be the most comprehensive while still being affordable.

Another option would be to hire a lawyer to write legal pages specific to you. This could be a good option if you have a more ‘niche’ business that needs more than a generic template. This option can be the most thorough however, it is the most expensive.

The third option would be to write your own legal pages. This is likely to take a long time and require you to take from other websites legal pages which may not be fair use. Blindly copying from other websites could defeat the purpose of trying to operate legally on the internet.