Websites—compliance requirements
Websites—compliance requirements

The following IP guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Websites—compliance requirements
  • Brexit
  • The type and functionality of the website
  • Information disclosure requirements
  • Consumer protection
  • Privacy and data protection
  • Cookies
  • Accessibility
  • Cybersecurity
  • Online intermediation services
  • more

This Practice Note provides guidance on the key legal and compliance requirements that a website operator should consider, including:

  1. Brexit

  2. The type and functionality of the website

  3. Information disclosure requirements

  4. Consumer protection

  5. Privacy and data protection

  6. Cookies

  7. Accessibility

  8. Cybersecurity

  9. Online intermediation services

  10. Online payments

  11. Advertising, promotions and direct marketing

  12. Competition law

  13. Taxation

  14. Liability for third party content

  15. Online safety and suitability

  16. Intellectual property and respecting copyright

  17. Geographic and territorial considerations

Consideration of electronic data interchange (EDI) arrangements, blockchain, smart contracts or sector specific laws or regulations, including those applicable to financial services, intermediation services or online auctions, is beyond the scope of this Practice Note.

For an introduction to EDI and smart contracts, see Practice Note: Business to business e-commerce—introduction. For guidance on blockchain, see: Blockchain—overview and Practice Note: Blockchain—key legal and regulatory issues.


On 31 January 2020, the UK ceased to be an EU Member State and entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law.

Following the implementation period, prior EU regulations will no longer automatically apply in the UK. The detailed Practice Notes referenced in each of the sections below contain information, where relevant, about the legal and practical implications of Brexit related to that specific area.

For further information, see Practice Notes:

  1. TMT—Brexit tracker

  2. Intellectual property—Brexit tracker

  3. Information Law—Brexit tracker, and

  4. Brexit—introduction to the