Running a website in Nigeria
There are a number of steps you need to put in place to manage the legal risks involved with having a website.
- It sets out any restrictions on use of the information on your website,
- It deals with issues of intellectual property of the content of the website
- It normally sets out limitation of liability and includes disclaimers and warranties etc.
- What information is collected
- How the information which is collected is used
- How the information is stored
- Circumstances where the information can be transferred to 3rd parties
- Whether cookies are used on the site and to what extent
Also important from a liability perspective, is if the nature of the service or the product you offer is only licensed or applicable in certain jurisdictions, you need to ensure you put in place technical features like ‘geo-fencing’, age barriers etc. to ensure that only eligible website visitors can access your website. There is case law (admittedly not yet in Nigeria) of governments and regulators suing websites for not putting in place enough technical measures to restrict ineligible individuals from accessing websites.
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