In last month’s issue we looked at some of the specific legal obligations that are imposed on website owners. This month, we consider some other legal obligations which aren’t unique to website owners, but which directly affect them too. By Sarah Gopaul, Mayo Wynne Baxter
Typically, website privacy policies cover:
A) What data is collected
B) Who is collecting the data
C) Why the data is being collected (i.e. intended usage)
D) How the data is collected
E) How long the data is retained
F) Whether the data is shared
G) How (and if) visitors/clients can access their data, change their data, or delete their data
H) How (and if) visitors/clients can opt-out
Next is the issue of the content appearing on a site. Copyright is another important factor to consider – both protection of original content produced by/for the website owner, and not inadvertently breaching copyright by reproducing somebody else’s work in whole or in part. There is insufficient room in this article to explain what can be a complex legal right, ownership of which often turning on points of fine detail and timing. Suffice to say, web owners need to know the basics of copyright - and the basics of trademark rights.
If a website has a newsfeed/content aggregator or allows comments then the issues of the website inadvertently displaying defamatory or ‘hate-crime’ posts, comments or articles may be an issue. This topic cannot be unpacked in a 500-word article.