Internet law

What is internet law?

The term "internet law" is often used loosely to refer to the whole range of laws which are relevant to activity on the web.

In the old days of the internet (ie not that long ago), there were no internet laws as such. Internet lawyers had to figure out how to apply laws which were not created with online communication in mind.

Now, of course, there is no shortage of internet regulations. Much of this is driven by the European Union (not always wisely).

Internet laws applying to online sales via websites are one important part of the picture. For example, there are the Ecommerce Regulations and rules governing distance selling. These internet regulations require, amongst many other things, that ecommerce businesses provide certain information to users and allow consumers with a legal "cooling off" period. See website law for more information.

Another major theme of internet regulation concerns privacy / data protection obligations governing the collection and use of personal data via websites. These requirements include the need for appropriate website privacy policies and data protection consent wording, especially if you intend to send marketing emails to customers. See website privacy for more information.

There is also a very controversial new "cookie law" whereby user consent is needed in order to place certain cookies on a user's machine. See cookie law for more information

How Adlex Solicitors can you help you with internet laws and regulations...

... for a free initial chat and more information, contact internet lawyer Adam Taylor on +44 (0) 207 317 8404 or email.

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