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Key areas

5 things you need to know about Online Business

  1. More and more Australian entrepreneurs are setting up online businesses. An online business can be a great way to generate revenue with low overheads and national and international reach.  It is crucial that you set up your business with the right legal foundation.
  2. Most online businesses need three key legal documents; business terms and conditions, website terms of use and a privacy policy. More complex business may need more complex terms and conditions (for instance seller terms and buyer terms for online marketplaces).
  3. An online business’s terms and conditions apply to every customer.  These set out the terms under which you sell products or services to customers. It is vital that your business terms and conditions comply with Australian consumer law, as well protecting you the fullest possible extent under the law.
  4. Your online business also needs website terms of use. Website terms of use apply to every visitor to your website. These set out the terms under which you allow visitors and users to access your website, including to protect your intellectual property and set out prohibited and permissible conduct.
  5. If you collect customer’s personal information and use it to for direct marketing purposes or to provide to third parties, then you need a website privacy policy. Your website privacy policy should set out how you capture, store, use and manage a customer’s private information.
Our Online Business Lawyers
Ursula Hogben Key Focus:

Commercial Law, Contract Law, Information Technology And Online Law, Intellectual Property, Capital Raising Law


Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Baker & McKenzie, Hogben Group

James Douglas Key Focus:

Business And Commercial, Contracts, Dispute Resolution And Litigation


Norton Rose, Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors, LOGOS Legal Services (London), DibbsBarker

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