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This document is GDPR compliant.

Help protect your website and its users with clear and fair website terms and conditions. Use these online terms and conditions to govern the use of a website in England, Wales or Scotland and to set out the legal rights and obligations between you and users. These terms and conditions for a website set out key issues such as acceptable use, privacy, cookies, registration and passwords, intellectual property, links to other sites, termination and disclaimers of responsibility.

Use these website terms and conditions:

  • to set out the legal rights and obligations between you and users of the website
  • when the users of your website will be at least 18 years' old
  • when users of your website will visit the website, download and contribute information in a personal capacity

These website terms and conditions cover:

  • acceptable use of the website
  • prohibited use of the website
  • registration, password and security
  • linked websites
  • availability of the website
  • disclaimers and limitation of liability

Website terms and conditions, also known as 'website terms of use', give information about a website's content and how visitors are and are not permitted to use it.

If you have a website, it's a good idea to create website terms and conditions. Website terms of use help to ensure that customers and users know how a website can and can't be used. They set out the rights and obligations of the users and limit the owner's potential liability. For more information, read Website terms of use.

Website terms and conditions apply to any users or visitors to your website.

Website terms and conditions contain provisions dealing with access to and use of the website. As a website owner, you may rely on such terms to help prevent:

  • unauthorised access to your website
  • disclosures of security information by users
  • unauthorised reproduction of the material contained on the website, and
  • unacceptable user behaviour such as hacking, introducing viruses and the uploading of illegal or defamatory content.

For more information, read Website terms of use.

Rocket Lawyer's website terms of use allow website owners to choose what a user can do with the content on a website. You can allow users to use a website's content for personal, non-commercial purposes in the following ways:

  • displaying and viewing the content of the website
  • downloading and storing the content in electronic form
  • printing one copy of the content, and/or
  • uploading content to the website.

For more information, read Website terms of use.

Users may not upload, distribute or otherwise publish content that is confidential, false, fraudulent, defamatory, threatening, invasive of privacy, infringing intellectual property, illegal or encourages criminal offence. They also aren't allowed to make or store electronic copies of content protected by copyright without the permission of the owners.

Rocket Lawyer's website terms and conditions prevent users from using your website in any way that is harmful, illegal, abusive, harassing, threatening or in breach of any applicable law, regulation or government order. For more information, read Website terms of use.

If you decide to allow your users to add links to other websites on your website, you can choose to limit your liability for the content of other sites that are not under your control.

A website privacy policy or data protection policy is a statement of how you handle personal information given to you by your customers. In the UK, the main legislation governing the collection, processing and distribution of personal data is the Data Protection Act 2018 and the UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). When you run a website, you are most likely to be handling personal information, because you keep records of your customers or website users. A website privacy policy helps build trust in your website and informs your visitors how their personal data is protected.

In this document, you may choose to refer to your Privacy policy.

If you set cookies and choose to collect information from cookies, you must tell your users and explain what the cookies do and why you are collecting cookies. You must also get the user's consent. Consent must be actively and clearly given.

In this document, you may choose to refer to your cookie policy.

Valid consent must be freely given, specific and informed. It must involve some form of unambiguous positive action (eg ticking a box or clicking a link). You cannot show consent if you only provide information about cookies as part of a privacy policy that is hard to find, difficult to understand or rarely read. For more information, read Different types of internet cookies.

Ask a lawyer for advice:

  • if this document doesn't meet your specific needs

These website terms and conditions are governed by the law of England and Wales or the law of Scotland.

Other names for Website terms and conditions

Website terms of use, Online terms and conditions, Terms of website use.

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