Are You Accidentally Doing Something Illegal?

are you doing something illegal?As a small business it can be hard to keep up with all the legal issues you should consider. I am not a lawyer and do not give legal advice. You need to talk to a lawyer for that. What I can do it point out a few common pitfalls and offer a few budget-friendly resources.

Did you know…

Websites have legal requirements?

These include

  • Privacy policy

Contests, sweepstakes, and lotteries have legal requirements?

The first step is to know which type of promotion you’re using. This article (Social Media Examiner) offers a nice overview: Social Media Promotions and the Law: What You Need to Know by 

Things you need to cover include:

  • Specific state regulations
  • Eligibility
  • How winners are selected
  • Contest dates
  • Much more

I found this article (Shortstack) to be a helpful follow up to the SME one and as a bonus, it offers a template you can use: Social Media Contest Rules.

Facebook has very specific requirements too?

Not exactly a true law issue, but it’s Facebook Law and while you might get away with breaking the Facebook Law, the penalties are severe—they can and will close your account without warning and you’ll lose all your fans and content.