SaaS Agreements – Website Legal Requirements – for SaaS Suppliers

Below, I have set out the main legal requirements (including some optional recommendations) that you should comply with when operating your website in the UK. Even if you do not sell SaaS products or services online via your website, you will still need to comply with the following English laws when operating a website in the UK.

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Website Legal Requirements – Tweeting – 5 Legal Offences to Avoid

There have recently been a number of high profile cases on liability for the sending of inappropriate tweets in the UK and the USA.

As tweeting becomes more and more the norm for many businesses it is important to consider the legal consequences of staff sending inappropriate tweets. Before allowing, permitting or encouraging staff to start tweeting on your behalf or with your brand you should consider creating a tweeting policy.

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Website Legal Requirements – Privacy Policy – Basics for your Website

If you are operating a website and require users to register in order to use your website or you are simply using Google analytics on your website then you are collecting and processing personal data. Under the Data Protection Act 1998, if you collect, store or process personal data you must provide specific information to the persons whose personal data you are using. This information is usually provided to users in a privacy policy which should be published on your website.

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SaaS Agreements – Terms and Conditions – Email Marketing Rules

There are a number of guidelines and laws that have to be complied with when sending marketing emails and text messages in the UK. If you are a SaaS supplier who provides email marketing services as part of your SaaS services to customers you should ensure that your SaaS customers comply with the following rules and Regulations. Also do not forget that you may need to comply with the rules yourself when carrying out your own email marketing campaigns.

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Website Legal Requirements – Cookies – Updated ICO Guidance

The UK Information Commissioners Office (ICO) will now start to investigate and prosecute companies for breaches of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (Amendment) Regulations. These set out the obligations of website operators to provide users with information about cookies and obtain user consent to the use of cookies. Failure to comply with the rules can result in a fine of up to £500,000.

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SaaS Agreements – Terms and Conditions – Online Sales

SaaS Agreements – Online Sales – Terms and Conditions

Many SaaS suppliers now conclude sales of SaaS products with customers online, usually by having customers “click” acceptance of the supplier’s terms and conditions on their website. When concluding online sales, SaaS suppliers need to ensure that their online terms and conditions include the following information, in order to create a legally enforceable SaaS agreement with the customer.

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Website Legal Requirements – Cookies – New Guidelines

From the 26th of May 2012 the UK Information Commissioners Office (ICO) will start prosecuting companies for breaches of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (Amendment) Regulations. These set out the obligations of website operators to provide users with information about cookies and obtain their consent when using cookies. Failure to comply with the rules can result in a fine of up to £500,000.

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Website Legal Requirements – Online Sales – New Consumer Rights

If you supply goods and services to consumers via the Internet you will need to change your terms and conditions of sale to incorporate the new EU Consumer Rights Directive before the end of 2013. The new directive harmonises consumer rights protection across the EU for all BTC (business to customer) online sales of goods and services. The directive must be implemented into UK law before the end of 2013 (probably in a Consumer Bill of Rights) which will result in the following compulsory rules applying to online sales.

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