Enquiries this month and our own research has confirmed to us that businesses still aren’t aware of their legal obligations in connection with their websites.
Whether a website is being used as an online shop or simply to provide information about your products and services did you know that in order to comply with the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002 (SI 2002/2013) (E-commerce Regulations) you must provide the following information on your website:
- Your legal name as well as any name under which you trade.
- The geographical address at which you are established.
- Your details, including your e-mail address and a telephone number.
- If you are a corporate entity, your company registration number or details of any other trade or professional register in which you are entered, and your registration number (or equivalent means of identification) in that register.
- Where the provision of the service is subject to an authorisation scheme, details of the relevant supervisory authority.
- If you undertake an activity that is subject to value added tax, your VAT registration number.
If you are a limited company a further piece of legislation, The Companies (Trading Disclosures) Regulations 2008 requires that a company must also include its full registered name, registered number and registered office address on its website (including on any website pages which the company has “caused or authorised to appear”)
The Office of Fair Trading has the power to take enforcement action if businesses fail to comply and the above is a summary of the information required. If you’d like to check with us to see if your website is compliant please contact Cathy Cook at Jordans Solicitors Wakefield in West Yorkshire.