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Re: Web Designer Legal Obligations

From: Joseph Becher <jwbecher@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 10 May 2010 11:16:19 -0400
Message-ID: <AANLkTik83uiCDutzT36LSd1ilmo6hZ4CC_mdL5PXtbFv@mail.gmail.com>
To: Jennifer Beecroft <lions_fan86@hotmail.com>
Cc: site-comments <site-comments@w3.org>
Reading the links from
be a good place to start. Good luck with your new business.

- Joseph Becher

On Mon, May 10, 2010 at 9:48 AM, Jennifer Beecroft

> Good evening
> I am thinking of having some 'Terms & Conditions' and a 'Privacy Policy'
> on my website: www.beecroftprecision.com which is hosted by 'Freehostia'.
> This is because when I created a website for Beecroft Precision it was my
> first and it gave me a great sense of acheivement, I want to continue to
> learn about web design and maybe offer my services to other companies or
> people in need (for a fee once I am more knowledgable). When I searched the
> web for: 'How much to charge for web design?', I
> came across a lady that answered: "If you are designing a site for say,
> Joe Bloggs Ltd then the terms & Conditions of Joe Bloggs Ltd, such as
> payment terms etc must be shown as also the privacy policy outlining what
> you do with names and addresses of people who come to your site - i.e. that
> you respect their privacy and do not pass on their details to 3rd parties."
> As the world authority in web standards, I thought that here would be a
> good place to come to for advice.  I was hoping you could help me with this
> by pointing me in the right direction.  Is there a help system set up for
> web designers where we can grab templates from for 'Website Terms &
> Conditions' & 'Website Privacy Policy'?
> I enjoy the creative side of web design, as in taking the photos and coding
> the pages, actually building the site, but I wouldn't have a clue on the
> legal side of things as in drawing up a terms and conditions and privacy
> policy for each client.  Are web designers generally expected to get their
> heads around this technical legal stuff too?!
> I just wanted to ask advice on this, really.  It's just because I'm not
> sure which parts of the example terms and conditions I have seen (
> http://www.sarahgawler.co.uk/privacy.php &
> http://www.sarahgawler.co.uk/terms.php) would be applicable for the
> website which I have already created and therefore which parts may cause
> problems if left in for example.
> As I start to think more about it and look into it, I think the paragraph
> on cookies, as follows:
> "We may send a cookie which may be stored on by your browser on your
> computers hard drive. We may use the information we obtain from the
> cookie in the administration of this website, to improve the websites
> usability and for marketing purposes. We may also use that information
> to recognise your computer when you visit our website, and to
> personalise our website for you."
> My thoughts are that as my website is hosted by Freehostia, under my
> current hosting plan I do not receive any traffic stats, so I would not be
> able to collect any of the information as described above, and use it to
> help me improve the site.  However if I upgraded my hosting plan, the site
> stats may make that stuff a lot more feasible.  Is it perhaps a good idea to
> keep a paragraph like that in as standard?  It does use the word 'may' in
> all cases.  In that case if I did upgrade the hosting plan at any time, I
> would not have to revise the terms and conditions to reflect that.
> Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. This would be much
> appreciated.
> Kind Regards
> *Jennifer Beecroft
> *Lions_fan86@Hotmail.com
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