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I get it. You’re excited to launch your shiny new blog onto the internet. You should be excited. It’s an amazing accomplishment to get a new blog put together and ready to go. But hold up a second before you launch.
Even though the internet turned 30 years old in 2019, it’s still a lot like a wild frontier. Governments are still trying to grapple with how to regulate the internet and how to create legislation to deal with all it involves.
Some of the most recent and powerful laws regulating the internet pertain to privacy. If you haven’t heard of GDPR or other country specific laws like the German Federal Data Protection Act, this is a topic you will want to bring yourself up to speed on ASAP. One of my favorite sources is this podcast from Heart, Soul & Hustle. Lawyer Gina Shingle Jaffe talks about what bloggers need to make their site comply with privacy laws like GDPR.
It’s important to note that penalties (monetary and more) for violation of these laws can apply to you even if you don’t live in the European Union.
What are Terms & Conditions?
A website’s Terms & Conditions are another important legal page every website should have. While this page isn’t required by law, it’s not something you should skip to save time.
Your Terms & Conditions pages sets out the rules for use of your website. This page can limit your liability should a customer take you to court. It can also protect your rights to the content contained in your website.
If you ever facing a legal battle, a court will look at your website terms to determine the contractual terms between you and the customer. When creating this page, you’ll want to take approach it with the goal of having it hold up in court.
In addition to their free services, PrivacyPolicies.com offers policy optimizations services to include clauses for analytics tools (like Google Analytics), ads, payment processors, remarketing and GDPR. For a lot less than you would pay a lawyer, you can get a customized and it’s a one-time fee, no recurring subscriptions.
Once your policies are created, stick links to those puppies in a prominent place like a footer menu, sidebar menu or under your top menu links in a sub-menu under your About page.
And don’t forget to educate yourself more about the legalities of running a blog. It may not be the most exciting blogging topic but it might be the most important.
Favorite Resources to Learn about the Laws, Privacy Policies and More
- GDPR – What You Need to Know with Gena Shingle Jaffe – http://www.heartsoulhustle.com/blogs/hsh-095-gdpr-what-you-need-to-know-with-gena-shingle-jaffe
- What the Heck is GDPR? – https://smartblogger.com/gdpr/