The internet is increasingly used to attract custom, as it is the first port of call for consumers and businesses searching for goods and services.
There are a number of regulations that businesses should take account of, in terms of consumer protection, privacy, and e-commerce.
Some of the key areas of risk for business include:
Terms of website use are also important.
For certain types of business, the accessibility guidelines are essential to understand when the website is designed, while for others implementing disability discrimination laws when the site is being redesigned would be desirable.
A host of rules apply if you sell online, including Distance Selling Regulations imposing requirements to have returns policies, and to confer other benefits on consumers.
Unfair trading regulations and trademark laws will also need to be borne in mind.
And don’t forget that websites are within the scope of the advertising regulations.
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