I believe, a majority of us started our blogging journey under the impression that it was going to be just another hobby where you could write your heart out when the kids go to school or when you get back home from work. But then, your blog started growing and you are being read by not only just friends and family but from readers across the world. You’re approached by brands for collaborations and you’ve grown to a savvy entrepreneur. Your blog should, hence, be not only user-friendly but also compliant with legal requirements.
Let me explain.
An IP address is collected when people visit your website. You must also not overlook the comment form or subscription forms on your website where you collect the email address of your subscribers. Personal information is also collected if you use third-party apps and services which include Google Analytics and Adsense.
- What you
intendto do with the personal information you collect: As mentioned earlier, you will collect the user’s name and email address through the chats, comment forms, subscription forms, and newsletter forms. You may also ask a user to sign up for a freebie using an email opt-in. You may also need their credit card information if you are selling a product. You could unknowingly collect information from website visitors through cookies and tracking technologies enabled on your website. Therefore, it is only fair that the user ought to know how you will use their personal information and if and under what circumstance you will disclose those tothird-party services.
- Liability of Third party privacy policies: As a blogger, you will share affiliate links on your website to advertise their products and services. These third-party services including Amazon Affiliate and Google
- Rights of the users as per the GDPR regulations: As per the latest GDPR regulations, you
are boundto inform the users their rights as to requesting, viewing, transferring and erasing their data.
Remember that the GDPR policy imposes strict regulations to protect the privacy of people in the European Union accessing websites, irrespective of which part of the world the websites are located.
A disclaimer is what protects you from the liability of the content that you write on your blog. It, in fact, says that you cannot be held legally responsible for the general advice you give on your blog. For example, if you are writing about a diet plan that you followed, it shouldn’t be misinterpreted as an advice from a dietician or nutritionist. If someone follows this diet plan and didn’t get the desired results as you did, you could be sued by him/her. You wouldn’t want that and that’s why a proper disclaimer must be in place.
A disclaimer is different from disclosure. A disclaimer is clearly defined to your niche .A disclosure is the declaration of information pertaining to a product or service that you advertise. Usually, it is written at the beginning of a sponsored post adhering to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines.
| We have written a detailed blog post on Sponsored Posts and the different FTC Rules and Disclosures one must comply with.
Terms and Conditions
- Limitation of liability protecting you from the damage caused by using your blog. It is similar to the disclosure.
- Legitimate use of your blog mentioning about avoiding profanity, not engaging in abusive discussions and spamming of your website.
- Protection of your work covering intellectual copyrights. For example, you can mention that a user is welcome to read and access your blog, but cannot use, copy or download any written word, images or graphics.
- Exchange or refund regulations if you sell any product through your website.
- Reservation of your rights as the owner of your blog for updating any legal documents or termination of contracts or users.
Keep in mind that you do not copy someone’s disclaimer and T&C for
Do you have all the legal documents in place for your blog? Take these steps to protect you from any liability and also, for a professional image of your brand and smooth running of your blog.
Thank you, Amrita.
Thank you so much, Shalini, for this very informative post!
From creating a copyright notice to adding a copyscape badge on your sidebar, there are certain steps one can take to copyright the entire blog. We will definitely do a post on this, Shilpa. Thank you 🙂
Yes, please do a post on it ASAP Shalini. Looking forward to it.
Thank you so much!
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I’m glad this post helps, Raj. 🙂
This is a very helpful post for every blogger. I did ‘t know many things that you have explained in a very easy language.
Thanks, Alpana. Hope it helps in setting up the legal forms for your blog.