The following IP guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
This Practice Note provides guidance on the key legal and compliance requirements that a website operator should consider, including:
The type and functionality of the website
Information disclosure requirements
Privacy and data protection
Online intermediation services
Advertising, promotions and direct marketing
Liability for third party content
Online safety and suitability
Intellectual property and respecting copyright
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:
Intellectual property—Brexit tracker
Information Law—Brexit tracker, and
Brexit—introduction to the
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