Yes and no. It is always the business owner’s responsibility to ensure legal compliance. However a web designer does not want to take on responsibility by offering advice in areas they are unqualified to help with.
So it is wise to ensure that the agreement for a new website is crystal clear on what is to be provided as well as what is not going to be provided. Thus client expectations are not open to misinterpretation at a later date.
It is also unwise to provide ‘generic’ or borrowed ‘website use terms and conditions’ and or ‘privacy notices’ to help out. They may not cover your clients circumstances and may add a level of responsibility that you do not need to take on. They may also do a disservice to the client in that they may provide a false sense of security that data protection has been done.
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We are also able to provide a Website MOT to check on the compliance of websites. If you would like to talk to us about this service please get in touch by following this link (it will open in a new window). This service is usually £99 but for the first five respondents we will offer a quick check for free.