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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Website Legal Requirements – Cookies and Consent Policies

As a result of changes to the EU Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive, it is now unlawful to use cookies to collect user data without first obtaining explicit consent. Accordingly, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which is responsible for ensuring that websites comply with the new cookie law, has implemented a technical solution on its own website with the result that traffic to it plummeted.

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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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