Corporate department

Law of the Internet

Nowadays, more and more business activity is conducted via the Internet or even exists in it exclusively. In consequence, vast numbers of legal requirements emerge. They become binding for entrepreneurs who resolve to run their business through this medium. These regulations mainly include drafting and keeping terms of use of websites or online competitions, but also other forms of legal service, such as drafting privacy policies etc. Therefore, the extensive catalogue of regulations on the Internet may be collectively referred to as “Law of the Internet”.

Drafting website terms of use

As pointed out above, the popularity of the Internet is constantly growing. Rapidly increasing number of websites (including webshops) perfectly reflects this phenomenon. These websites, regardless of whether their purpose is to sell goods and services or not, should have adequate terms of use in line with which they function. That is why, both the owner of the website and the visitor have certain rights and obligations. The regulations on the protection of personal data may especially interest the latter.

Drafting terms of competitions

Online competitions have become a popular form of entertainment and also an attractive method of obtaining material gains. Consequently, a need to set forth the terms and conditions thereof emerged. It is the terms’ appropriate wording that prevents those participants who overuse this form of entertainment from obstructing its legitimate conduct. At the same time, people taking part in such competition have the guarantee that the organizer will not deceive them, and even if so – they will have the basis to pursue their rights on.

Legal services rendered to websites and webshops

Legal services rendered to websites and webshops consist in auditing such sites with the view to detecting potential legal deficiencies and/or inefficiencies and also to introducing solutions preventing negative results of audits commissioned e.g. by the Inspector General for Personal Data Protection ( Generalny Inspektor Ochrony Danych Osobowych – GIODO).

These actions consist of drafting appropriate documents that are required to submit a collection of personal data to the Inspector General for Protection of Personal Data. These documents include privacy policy, data processing instructions in IT systems, authorizations for employees and registration applications.

We also assist in registering the website in the regional court, due to fulfilment of the press prerequisite. On top of that, we draft the agreements with the sub-contractors of the website and/or with the advertisers. The goal here is to secure such transactions in the light of copyright and tax law. Finally, we make sure that the operational mechanisms of offers in ICT systems remain in keeping with the provisions of the Civil Code.

Forex, Cryptocurrencies

It is highly recommendable for those who intend to start their business in currency exchange market (Forex) or based on cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Litecoin etc. to obtain legal advice regarding the administrative and tax consequences of such undertaking. Operating in the field of new technologies often calls for professional assistance. Especially in matters related to choosing the appropriate form of economic activity, jurisdiction and operating model. You can learn more about building businesses based on cryptocurrencies HERE.

CGO Legal renders complex services concerning functioning of websites in the light of the broadly-taken law of the Internet. Those include drafting terms of use of websites, terms and conditions of online competitions and other required documents. Additionally, we submit collections of personal data to Inspector General for Protection of Personal Data. Result of that is ensuring due protection of personal data. We also provide our Clients with professional advice regarding setting up or running a business on the Internet.

If you want to learn more details on the law of the Internet please do not hesitate to contact us.