Is your website Legal?
There are various laws in place in the UK
to help protect the consumer, as well as businesses trading with other
businesses. This page is a guide to help you achieve general online compliance. We can also assist you with the Cookie Law if you are hosted on our platform.
The Data Protection Act 1998. All business taking, storing and processing personal or sensitive data are required by UK law to register their data usage with the Information Commissioners Office. Failure to do so is a criminal
offense and can lead to a fine of £5000 at a Magistrates Court or an unlimited fine at Crown Court.
The Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations.
Website owners are now required to disclose cookie usage and display
either an Explicit or Implied cookie usage policy to all visitors.
The Company's Act 2006. All business websites must include the following details for a sole trader, full name, business name, address, telephone number, VAT number and for a LTD & LLP company, company name, registered office, telephone number, company registration number in England and Wales, VAT number. Trading Name, Address and telephone number if different, VAT number
The Card Suppliers (Visa, MasterCard
etc) require that all Online Merchants and Card Service
Suppliers are PCI-DSS accredited to avoid potential action due
to card data loss. If your business takes payments online then
you have to complete or update your existing PCI-DSS Self
Assessment or inform your Qualified Security Assessor.
Businesses should also ensure that the
Payment Gateway or Card Services provider is also PCI-DSS
compliant and that they can prove this by supplying their