Terms of use

These Basic Website Terms and Conditions are designed for use with simple websites, providing straightforward, non-interactive content. These template terms and conditions are best suited to websites operated by individuals or small businesses.

As with many website terms and conditions, these are designed for acceptance through use. In other words, visitors to your website are deemed to have accepted them as soon as they start using the site.

Important information about the website operator is provided, including company registration details, trading address, and details of any relevant regulatory bodies or associations. For certain trades and professions there may be additional information that website operators are required by law to provide. Members of regulated professions should include professional titles, links to professional rules and other important details. Such details are not included in this template and professional advice should be sought by those working in regulated professions.

Intellectual property rights such as copyright are protected by these terms and conditions. Various options are included in the template to allow you to choose how many freedoms to give to your users when it comes to saving and copying material from your site, as well as establishing deep-links to pages within your site on other sites. Further provisions concerning linking also help you to prohibit users from establishing links to your site from sites publishing unsavoury or unlawful content.

Disclaimers and liability provisions in this template seek to protect website operators to the maximum extent deemed reasonable. It is important to ensure that such provisions are not made excessively tough – particularly when dealing with consumer users – lest they be considered unfair in the eyes of the law. Additional provisions, therefore, are provided that apply only to business users.

Further key clauses address internet security, data protection, privacy and cookies (integrating separate policies into the terms and conditions by reference), acceptable use of the website (more detailed usage provisions are included in terms and conditions for websites offering more interactivity), and opting in and out of marketing communications. All parts of this template are designed to be compatible with consumer protection legislation including, but not limited to, the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

Optional phrases / clauses are enclosed in square brackets. These should be read carefully and selected so as to be compatible with one another. Unused options should be removed from the document.

This template is duplicated in the Internet & E-Commerce group.

These Basic Website Terms and Conditions contain the following clauses:

1. Definitions and Interpretation 
2. Information About Us 
3. Access to Our Site 
4. Intellectual Property Rights 
5. Links to Our Site 
6. Links to Other Sites 
7. Disclaimers 
8. Our Liability 
9. Viruses, Malware and Security 
10. Acceptable Usage Policy 
11. Privacy and Cookies 
12. Changes to these Terms and Conditions 
13. Contacting Us 
14. [Communications from Us] 
15. Data Protection 
16. Law and Jurisdiction

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