In order to protect themselves from E&O lawsuits from online users, many companies post legal agreements on their website, such as…
- Privacy Policies.
But what about disclaimers? A disclaimer is usually a short paragraph in which your company discloses certain risks and says it should not be responsible for certain things. In this article, we'll go over when and why you should use these disclaimers.
You might be wondering why there are three separate legal documents you need to post on your website. But before we go into how each protects you, let's define each one.
- Disclaimer. Usually specific to certain industries, a disclaimer is used to protect you from liabilities, explaining when you don't own a copyright or shouldn't be held liable for the content of a specific page.
When Do I Need to Use Website Disclaimers?
Website disclaimers usually explain that visitors cannot hold the website's authors responsible for inaccurate information included on the site. This is why web disclaimers are especially important for lawyers, medical professionals, and others who give advice for a living.
Disclaimers can also be used to clarify one company's relationship to another. Let's say your website includes information about third-party software. For example, let's say you post a blog about new Oracle software and an explanation of how it might be useful to certain industries. You could include a disclaimer that says your IT business is not affiliated with Oracle, and the information you provide is not an endorsement.
If you're a web developer making an app or webpage for doctor's office, remind your clients that they need to provide a disclaimer. While it's their lawyer's responsibility to craft one, it's good practice to gently remind clients of their legal obligations.
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