Posted by Minna Boyle on 11 December 2018
What Are Website Terms & Conditions?
Website T&Cs is a legal document that sets out the terms and conditions by which website visitors agree to use your website. It is an important contract that clarifies acceptable uses of the information on your website, and limits your liability to website visitors, for example if anyone relies on information from the website to their detriment.
Do I Need It?
Short answer, yes. If you have a website for your business, you should always have Website T&Cs.
How Do I Use It?
Normally, Website T&Cs are available as a page on your website. They should be easy for website visitors to locate if they want to read them. For example, you can have a link to the the Website T&Cs in the footer of your webpages.
Website Terms & Conditions Example
Phil has opened a book shop. He doesn’t sell books online but he has a website where people can get updates on what new books have come in, as well as the opening times and location of the shop. Phil also writes lots of articles on the website about writers’ events in town. However, he’s not affiliated with any of the events and isn’t really in control of what happens at these events, so wants to make sure that he’s not liable in any way by putting up content on his website. In this scenario, he needs to make sure his Website T&Cs has a clause that limits his liability.
What’s In Website Terms & Conditions?
Here are the sorts of issues that are typically covered in your Website Terms & Conditions:
- ACCEPTABLE USE – Do you want to set any limitations on the way users are allowed to use your website
- DISCLAIMERS & LIABILITY LIMITATIONS – Are there any specific risks of something going wrong as a result of someone relying on information on your website?
Need Help With Website Terms & Conditions?
Putting together Website T&Cs can seem like a daunting process, as it’s hard to know what to include and how to word it. It’s a good idea to get a lawyer to assist you with this process, as it’s a one-off cost that can save you from disputes and liabilities in the long run.
At Sprintlaw, we have a team of experienced lawyers who can assist you with drafting or reviewing Website T&Cs. Get in contact with one of our consultants for a no-obligation chat on putting together Website T&Cs and help you with any other legal issues your business may have.