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What type of disclaimer, privacy policy and terms & conditions will I need for an advisory website?

I am building a website that offers university advice to students in China. I am concerned about protecting the site’s data and customers personal information. I am also concerned about liability should a customer make a comment on the site and I get sued when I am a neutral party.

Could you please help me understand how to better protect myself, the site and customers in China and the UK?

Thank you.

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Alasdair Taylor's Answer

It’s difficult to provide specific guidance in relation to this kind of open question.

Points to bear in mind would include:

  • Is compliance with both UK and Chinese law required? To the extent that the law of either jursidiction may formally apply, are there any real risks?
  • Regarding data protection compliance under EU law, you should consider the impact of the GDPR, which will come into force in May next year.
  • In respect of liability for user content, you should try to take advantage of the special defences in the defamation legisalation and the EU’s ecommerce regulations.

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