eCommerce Compliance Checklist to Kickstart your Online Business

by | Jul 28, 2021

Are you selling goods online? With the domination of Amazon, eBay, Shopify, and thousands of other e-shops, it is no surprise that many start-ups are of an e-commerce nature. Setting up your business online is future- (and COVID) proof, but there are specific legal requirements that you need to take into consideration, our eCommerce Compliance checklist will guide you through the basics.

Our Ecommerce compliance expert

Babs Jamieson, of Jamieson Law, has seen the rise of many e-commerce and tech business. Being qualified in England, Scotland, New York, and California, Babs will shed light on common documents and legalities you will need to be aware of and implement for your e-commerce business.

GDPR and Data Compliance: Crash Course

General Data Protection Regulation is the toughest privacy and security law in the world and enforces responsibilities onto organizations anywhere, so long as they target or collect data related to people in the EU. Following Brexit, the UK has been deemed adequate by the European Commission for the foreseeable future, which means that we still comply with GDPR as we always have.

You must make sure people can trust you to use their personal data fairly and responsibly, and that you comply with applicable law and regulation, and that’s where the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) comes in. The ICO regulates data protection in the UK and can help you remain compliant. The first step would be to check if you need to register your business or register and pay the annual fee, starting at £40.

The ICO will impose harsh fines against those who violate its privacy and security standards, so it is key for new businesses to remain compliant with necessary documents.

What kind of documents do I need to put in place?

  • Privacy Policy: reveals the ways your business gathers, uses, discloses, and manages customer data.
  • Cookie Policy: Less of a treat, more of a necessity. This policy is a privacy regulation that requires websites to get consent from visitors to store or retrieve any data and give them the option to opt-out.

Ecommerce compliance checklist

Ecommerce Compliance Checklist:

What a handful to take in! To summarise, if you haven’t already, look into the following for your business:

  • ICO (self-assessmentor registration)
  • A Privacy Policy, available via LegalDrop
  • Cookie Policy
  • Diarise a quarterly review (and possible updating) of your policies.

Alternatively, if you are unsure about anything, then feel free to book a free 15-minutes consultation where we can help with your questions and offer fixed-fee services which will ensure your business is compliant.

contributed by Babs Jamieson, Jamieson Law

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