Site and Email Disclaimers - A necessary evil

Written by Michael Bloch

This beingrepparttar age of increasing litigation, it is advisable for web site owners to have disclaimers posted on their Internet sites, and to have them accessible from any other part ofrepparttar 119305 site. It is unfortunate that we need to do this, but such isrepparttar 119306 nature ofrepparttar 119307 beast. Internet Law varies from country to country as to what can be posted on disclaimer and privacy notices, but generally they should cover your terms of use regardings these points:

- The quality of content ofrepparttar 119308 site

- The availability of services on your site to certain groups of people (e.g. age of visitors) or geographical locations

- Endorsement of links to other web sites.

- Make it clear that information on your site is for information purposes only and not intended to constitue professional advice as circumstances will vary from person to person.

- Clearly state your rights to reproduce or remove material uploaded or posted to your web site.

- That you are not liable to visitors for information posted to your Internet site.

- That others posting to your site cannot hold you responsible for any loss or damages arising from supplying material.

- That you are not liable forrepparttar 119309 actions of users of your website.

Dependant onrepparttar 119310 type of website you have, it may be wise to not allow visitors to enter your site without their acceptance of terms and conditions of site usage. Only after they have indicated that they have readrepparttar 119311 "terms of use" and agree to them by clicking a button will they be allowed web site access.

Web site usage disclaimer example:

Disclaimer. The information contained in this archive is provided 'as is' without warranty of any kind. The entire risk as torepparttar 119312 results andrepparttar 119313 performance ofrepparttar 119314 information is assumed byrepparttar 119315 user, and in no event shall YOUR COMPANY NAME be liable for any consequential, incidental or direct damages suffered inrepparttar 119316 course of usingrepparttar 119317 information in this archive. Use ofrepparttar 119318 information contained in this archive are governed by their respective license agreements and may contain restrictions on use.

Web site forum disclaimer example:

All messages made available as part of this discussion group (including any bulletin boards and chat rooms) and any opinions, advice, statements or other information contained in any messages posted or transmitted by any third party arerepparttar 119319 responsibility ofrepparttar 119320 author of that message and not of YOUR COMPANY NAME (unless YOUR COMPANY NAME is specifically identified asrepparttar 119321 author ofrepparttar 119322 message). The fact that a particular message is posted on or transmitted using this YOUR COMPANY NAME web site does not mean that YOUR COMPANY NAME has endorsed that message in any way or verifiedrepparttar 119323 accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message. We encourage visitors torepparttar 119324 forum to report any objectionable message to This forum is not monitored 24/7.

Issues regardingrepparttar 119325 development of privacy policies can be viewed viarepparttar 119326 following article:

Email Disclaimers Withrepparttar 119327 general acceptance of email for business communications, it is becoming increasingly important that we represent and safeguard ourselves effectively in our emails. The proliferation of viruses has raised questions as to whether a company can be sued for sending another company an email with an infected attachment. If you are managing a company with many employees; it is very difficult to keep tabs onrepparttar 119328 way your business is being represented online by your staff, and even more challenging isrepparttar 119329 issue of confidentiality. When we submit a web development draft proposal, we want to ensure thatrepparttar 119330 design proposal is going torepparttar 119331 right people and not being redistributed to competitors. The eight to twelve hours of unpaid work we put into a draft proposal is something that we try to protect.

The Law of Electronic Commerce

Written by Benjamin Wright

Internet Explorer 6 Agitates Web Administrators With Legal Kink

Antidote to P3P Privacy Filter Available Free at DALLAS, TX, September 2001 . . . Privacy filters in Microsoft's new Internet Explorer 6 pose for web administrators an unexpected legal predicament. A new remedy is now available at no charge.

The filters force administrators to post new privacy policies for their web sites, coded in a technical language called P3P. The filters punish administrators who fail to publish properly coded P3P privacy policies by blocking or impeding their cookies. Cookies are an important web feature.

The P3P coding language raises, for any corporation, government agency or other institution that uses it, a lawsuit danger. A privacy policy written in it exposesrepparttar organization to liability, with little or no escape.

A privacy policy, even one written in computer codes, can be legally enforceable like a contract. In lawsuits filed in 1999, plaintiffs forced US Bancorp to pay $7.5 million for misstatements in a privacy policy posted on its web site.

Web administrators face a dilemma. They want to satisfy IE 6's technical requirement for P3P codes, but they also want to sidestep liability. To address this dilemma, e-commerce pioneer Benjamin Wright has invented a remedy and published it at Anyone can pick it up and use it at no charge.

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