Last updated on 14 September 2022 by Sara Pegarella (Law school graduate, B.A. in English/Writing. In-house writer at TermsFeed)
Squarespace is a really useful platform for creating a website and an ecommerce store.
While you'll get access to a lot of tools, functions, and features with Squarespace, there are some technical details that you'll be responsible for on your own.
This article will look at where this requirement comes from, and how you can comply with it.
Section 3 of Squarespace's Terms covers "Your Responsibilities." These are the responsibilities you agree to take on when you use Squarespace to build your website.
Included in this section is section (3.5) titled "Your Sites And Your End Users Are Your Responsibility." This section states that "you're solely responsible for compliance with any laws or regulations related to Your Sites and/or your End Users."
If your Squarespace site collects any personal information, you will be required to comply with privacy laws. As shown above, Squarespace explicitly requires its users to comply with laws, including privacy laws.
The definition of personal information that's protected by privacy laws includes information that can be used on its own or pieced together to identify an individual. This can be something as obvious as an email address, a mailing address, and an identification number. Or it can be pieces of information such as an IP address, analytics information collected by cookies, and age and gender.
Here are just a few of these laws that may affect your website:
Note that privacy laws typically apply to you if you do business with individuals located in the respective countries, and not based on whether or not your business is located there. For example, if your U.S.-based business collects personal information from people located in the EU, the GDPR will apply to you.
You can learn more about relevant privacy laws in our article Privacy Laws By Country
Here's how Onyx Coffee Lab notes that Squarespace stores credit card data when a purchase is completed:
Another clause goes into detail about information automatically collected and collected via cookies and other technologies, and how such information may be used:
In order to get the text of your policies go to TermsFeed and generate your legal policies for your ecommerce business today.
Once you have the policies created by TermsFeed, let's get the policy text. You can copy the HTML variant of the policy or download the Plain Text file format.
That way you'll satisfy requirements of Squarespace, and keep your users happy and well-informed.
This article is not a substitute for professional legal advice. This article does not create an attorney-client relationship, nor is it a solicitation to offer legal advice.
14 September 2022