POSTED ON AUGUST 10TH, 2005
Is your Web Site Legal?
Many web site owners, agencies, designers and programmers invest a great deal of time and effort to ensure their web site functions correctly and is in line with their corporate identity. Relatively few consider whether or not their web site is actually compliant with current legislation such as data protection, e-commerce laws, accessibility, terms and conditions and whether or not their intellectual property rights are fully protected.
To address this growing problem and help clients deal with the increasing regulatory challenges of the Internet, EdgeWorks™ has launched an innovative Web Compliance Warranty that guarantees your web site will always be legal and reflect best practice guidelines.
How does it work?
To benefit from the EdgeWorks™ Web Compliance Warranty, web sites firstly undergo a Compliance Audit which includes both a full legal audit and technical review covering the following legislation:
Upon completion of the audit, noncompliance issues are documented and recommendations to achieve compliance are provided. Where appropriate, the report will also include suggested alternative wording for key policies such as Privacy, Data Protection and Cookies that can be incorporated directly into the web site.
Simultaneously, EdgeWorks™ will also review and assess the web site against W3C Level ‘AA’ standards to ensure compliance with DDA legislation (Accessibility). The detailed report checks against over 100 automated checkpoints and 50 manual checks and details precisely the changes that have to be implemented to achieve compliance.
To ensure compliance is maintained, the legal audit is repeated on a biannual basis whilst the technical review is completed monthly and a detailed report provided to the client.
Following successful completion of the Compliance Review web sites are entitled to display the EdgeWorks™ Web Compliance Warranty designation secure in the knowledge that their web site is fully protected and in line with current UK legislation.
The EdgeWorks™ Web Compliance Warranty
EdgeWorks™ are so confident in the quality of our service, that our unique Web Compliance Warranty provides the following benefits in the unlikely event that you suffer a successful claim for noncompliance:
Penalties and Fines EdgeWorks™ will reimburse the cost of any fines or penalties directly incurred by you as a result of breach of the legislation.
Brand Protection Programme EdgeWorks™ will provide access to a dedicated online PR specialist to advise you or your incumbent PR agency on how to counter any negative publicity arising as a consequence of noncompliance.
Programming Where the web site has been created, hosted and maintained by EdgeWorks™ we will cover the cost of any changes or amendments to the web site as are reasonably practicable to prevent any continuing or future breach of the legislation. Where the web site has been created, hosted and maintained by an intermediary EdgeWorks™ will provide guidance to prevent any continuing or future breach of the legislation.
Legal Advice Where a claim is made for noncompliance EdgeWorks™ will provide access to a specialist compliance solicitor to provide initial guidance as to the validity of the claim and summary advice in managing the claim.
How much does it cost?
EdgeWorks™ Web Compliance Warranty can be bundled with one of our existing hosting, marketing and development packages or alternatively, it is available as a standalone service with an entry level price of just £195.00 per month. Naturally the warranty is subject to an initial site review and our standard terms and conditions.
If you would like to discuss how to incorporate EdgeWorks™ Web Compliance Warranty into your own web site or alternatively how to integrate this into web sites developed on behalf of your clients please contact by telephone on 0330 995 0840