Matthew Gates http://notetoservices.com 5m 1,215 #legalpolicy
The views of this article are the perspective of the author and may not be reflective of Confessions of the Professions.
Why You Should Write Your Own Legal Policy
There are at least a dozen generators out there and a hundred companies willing to write your legal jargon for you when it comes to your company or your website. There are still plenty of companies and websites who fail to have a write-up on their policies regarding their business practices or products, which is not recommended practice. Whether a startup, a small business, a booming medium-size company, or a ginormous corporation, policies on how everything is done and should be done is necessary for the possibility of a thriving organization.
Your TOS and Privacy policies are windows into how your company operates, what it does, what type of information it collects, uses, and shares, what it does to protect itself against itself and others, and how it protects others against its own practices. These pages are as important as your About page, Company page, and Product pages. The TOS serves as the binding agreement or contract between the visitor or customer on the website or e-commerce store and the company. It serves the purpose of making all parties involved aware of the legalities involved when things do not always go right, and what it will do to ensure it remains on a professional with whomever the company does business with.
In my research for this article, I discovered that there are plenty of websites out there that hopped on board and totally agreed with me about keeping it short and simple. Check out the follow links examples of short privacy policies:
Here are a few samples links of short and easy-to-read TOS links:
There is a service called “Didn’t Read Terms of Service” that actually summarizes the TOS for you of the major social media websites and other popular websites with long TOS, ranking them based on what is good and what is bad about each one. While it is true that the legal responsibility you take on, the longer your TOS policy will probably be. However, if there is a way to shorten it, and make it read so a 9th grader could understand it, than your policy will be understood by most people. If there is any bit of confusion, in any part of the TOS, than scrap the paragraph or area and re-write it so that it is easier to understand.
The less confusion, the better and more understood your company will be. Straightforward and to the point with very little confusing legal jargon will not only help your customers out, but you and any potential lawyers that you may hire. You will barely have to explain yourself or your rules, a lawyer will easily understand, and so will your customer, client, or visitor. Depending on the business, try to keep your TOS and Privacy policies as short as possible. Say a lot and say it in a few paragraphs. People will read it and appreciate such a service.