Website Legal Requirements – Cookies and Consent from the 26th of May 2011

As a result of changes to the Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive, it is now unlawful to use cookies to collect user data without first obtaining consent. There is an exception when a cookie is strictly necessary for a service which a user has requested i.e. where a user places an item in an online shopping basket and there is the need to ensure that payment is for the goods actually purchased.

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Website Legal Requirements – Data Commissioner Fines for Unsolicited E-mails

As a result of an amendment to the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (PECR), from the 25th of May 2011 the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will have the power to impose fines of up to £500,000 on companies, if they send unwanted marketing e-mails or text messages to consumers.

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Website Legal Requirements – Ecommerce and Distance Selling Rules

A number of different laws apply to websites, the content on them and online sales which are set out in the Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2005 (as amended) and the E-Commerce Regulations 2002 which have been summarised below.
Company Information

The following information must be made available on your website.

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Websites Legal Requirements – Cookies and Consent

From the 25th of May 2011 the legal requirements for UK website will change and website operators will need to obtain prior consent from users before placing cookies as a result of the Citizens’ Rights Directive. This will change the UK cookie consent policy from “opt out” to “opt in”.

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Website Legal Requirements – Ecommerce

About Us/Contact Information. You must provide the following information in an easily accessible position on your web site:

* your legal name i.e. XYZ Ltd
* your geographical address
* contact details i.e. telephone number, fax number and email address
* which country your business is registered in and the registration number
* details of any supervisory body which regulates your business i.e. the FSA. For regulated bodies more detailed information is required.
* where you are registered for VAT and your VAT number
* clear details of prices and whether or not delivery and/or tax is included

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