Under Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), organizations that collect personal information must inform users about their privacy practices. Some examples of personal information include age, name, ID numbers and income.
2. Terms and Conditions
There is no a legal requirement to have Terms and Conditions on your site. That doesn’t mean that you don’t need one. If you are ever sued by a visitor to your site, you would point to your Terms and Conditions as a way to limit your liability. If there are no Terms and Conditions, you’ve just created an uphill battle for yourself in court. There is no way to prove the contractual terms between visitor and the website owner, if there are no Terms and Conditions.
Among other terms, your website Terms and Conditions are the place where you can do the following:
- Limitation of Liability: if a visitor to your site takes you to court, this provision sets out how your liability is limited. It could be limited to a dollar amount and/or exclude types of damages.
- Content: this allows you to set who owns the content (i.e. images, copy, text, etc.) on the site
- Governing Law: you want to ensure that the terms of the website are governed by the law where your business is located and with which you are familiar.
Fees to have these documents drafted by a lawyer vary quite a bit. For those of you that are cost conscious, I have created DIY templates for business owners who do not want to pay the hourly fees of a lawyer but want templates that are reliable and legal. I sell them as digital downloads so all you need to do is enter your relevant information, set up links to these documents on your site and then move on, knowing that your website is legally set. Click here for more information.