UK Legal Pages 1

You know how frustrating it is when you’re looking for something specific and you can’t find it? Well, you find something like it, or something that you think, “Oh, I’ll make do with this. It’s better than nothing.”     It was like that for me when I was looking for legal pages to put on my blogs. You know, Terms and Conditions and the Cookie and Privacy policies.

What did I find?

I found loads of EU Cookie and Privacy policy plugins. In the UK, because we’re in the EU, we have to have a Cookie and Privacy policy notice on the landing pages of our business websites and blogs. This is so visitors can check what cookies we are likely to set and what they do, so they can make an informed decision whether to agree or disagree. If they agree, they can continue exploring the site. If they disagree, they’re expected to leave.

What else did I find?

US legal pages plugins, some free, some paid for. That was the only country with legal pages plugins. Other countries use WordPress.

Googling UK legal pages for websites uncovered 615, 000, 000 pages. Needle in a haystack time!

Some websites offered free legal pages in exchange for a link. I thought carefully about that one and chose not to. They were mostly websites providing general documents but some specifically provided legal documents.

Asking my solicitor for a quote was an eye-opener. £1100 + VAT for a Privacy policy – Terms and Conditions weren’t mentioned! Fan me! There had to be another option.

A US legal pages plugin was used temporarily until a UK version could be found.

An email from a US Internet marketer arrived. It gave the name of a US attorney who had put together a pack of website legal documents for Internet marketers, and it gave his email address.

I emailed him, explaining I was in the UK and had US legal pages on my blog. I asked if they were applicable to me, being in the UK.

He kindly emailed back explaining that they were applicable worldwide but only enforceable if I was under the jurisdiction of the US. Of course I wasn’t, living in lovely Shropshire.

And that’s where my idea came from.

Have you got any ideas?

You can see how I got my idea.

I needed something but couldn’t find it so had to make do. The words “I wish someone would make a UK legal pages plugin” frequently came to mind.

I talked it over with a trusted friend who thought it would be a waste of time and money. “It’s a small market in the UK,” she said. I shelved the idea.

So, have you got an idea? You might think it’s a waste of time, like my friend did, but does it keep buzzing around like an annoying insect?

Okay, what are you going to do next? Leave it for someone else to do, or do you have the balls (men and ladies) to follow it up?

Let me know.











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2 Responses to UK Legal Pages 1

  1. Adrienne

    Hey Shan,

    I’ve wondered why the UK makes you guys have those stupid disclaimers on your site when we ALL know about cookies. People can just clear their cache if they’re not happy about it from their end, it’s not that big of a deal.

    I can see where you’d have some very frustrating moments indeed. When you can’t find what you need really badly then that’s when ideas definitely start forming.

    So far I haven’t had any myself besides creating my product I guess. It’s not that it’s a new idea but it’s one that works and I’ve proven it. 😉

    Good luck my friend.

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    • Shan says:

      Hi Adrienne

      Thanks for commenting. Now you know it’s all down to the EU – bless their little cotton socks 😉 Those of us involved with tech and IM know about cookies. These disclaimers are to protect ‘normal’ (non-tech / non-IM) people.

      Lots of frustration that took me waaaay out of my comfort zone. I vaguely remember my comfort zone :)

      It’s good that you haven’t had any difficulties with creating your product. You’ve already done what was needed – the research – so good luck with the rest of it.

      Take care

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