- You can mitigate liability for your website. When things go wrong, people want to find someone to blame. If you do not use disclaimer warranties on your website, then the blame could easily be put on you. If you do have a disclaimer warranty on your website, then they cannot blame you if something goes wrong. An example of this happening would be if one of your users’ devices became infected with malware. Without the disclaimer, they could say it was caused by your website. Another example would be if your website was down for a specific period of time; your users may try to sue you if they needed your website to conduct their business. A disclaimer will protect you from these actions so you do not have to worry about them or deal with them and waste precious time.
- Set up an indemnification process for your website. As much as you may want to, you cannot always control what your users do on your website. However, you can protect yourself against their actions in case they violate someone else’s rights. For example, if one of your users decided to upload a file that violates the copyright of someone else and your website gets sued for it, you can make the user pay for all of the legal costs associated with it. While you will still need to take care of the copyright issue and make sure all legal action is taken, you will not be left with the bill that comes with it.
For your website, you want to make sure you include various components that will help keep your website and business safe and secure. These are just a few of them that you need to have listed:
- Acceptance of Terms – This section will detail to the user that by using the website and any services provided, they are agreeing to adhere to the terms and conditions set forth. It also details that the terms are a binding legal agreement and sets any age restrictions for visitors.
- Acceptable Use Policy – This is the section that will provide a list of prohibited uses of the website. Some examples to include are illegal purposes, harvesting data, harassing others, using your website for users’ personal gain, and more.
- International Use and Compliance – This section will detail that the visitors are required to ensure the site conforms to any laws in their area.
- User Accounts – If you allow people to make accounts on your website, you should include this section. It will detail that when an account is made, the user is ensuring all data provided is accurate and true and that they are responsible for their account information, including their password.
- Modification of Site – You will want to include this section because it will detail that you are allowed to modify, change, add to, terminate, or suspend any part or all of the site at any time, even without providing notice.
- Support or Maintenance – Unless you plan on providing it, you will want to detail that you are not under an obligation to provide any website maintenance or customer support.
- Your Rights and Ownership – This section will detail that you own all intellectual property rights to content on the website, except for any user content, and that the visitors to the site may not use it in any way without permission.
- Disclaimers – There are a variety of disclaimers you can use on your website and you should make sure all of them are detailed in this section. For example, this could include that the information provided is informational only, that the site is accepted as is, and that you are not liable for any promises you did not offer or intend to offer.
- Termination and Modification – This section will detail that you can terminate the access of any visitor at any time without notice and at your discretion.