Website Disclaimers are commonly used to limit the liability of website owners. Providing a disclaimer is an approach that can be used to ensure a website’s information is not improperly relied upon.
For example, where a disclaimer states that although the website endeavours to provide up-to-date information, the website makes no guarantee or warrantee that the information posted and contained on the website is always accurate and therefore should not be relied upon.
If anyone is to rely on the website’s information the site will not be held responsible for any loss or other result. A disclaimer will also state that information on the website may at any time, be changed or updated, without notice.
By providing this type of disclaimer, a website ensures that a website visitor cannot sue based on any information on the site or reliance on the information on the website. Therefore, the website disclaimer is essentially, is a method used to limit the liability of the website owner as they cannot be in control of how the information on their site may be used or interpreted.
A disclaimer can be used on any company or business’ website, and although most websites endeavour to have the correct and up-to-date information (as it is commercially desirable to do so), posting a disclaimer will protect the website in the event of any error.
Website Disclaimers and “linking out”
Another important aspect of website disclaimers is when a website provides links to others sites or articles, there will be a disclaimer providing that the expression and content in these linked sites is not necessarily the views of that of website or company.
An obvious example of this is a news site where authors post articles, in these instances it is very clear that the articles posted are the opinion of the authors (whom are separate from the news website) and a website disclaimer re-enforces this.
A disclaimer tries to ensure that any type of representation or opinion may not be that of the site and also protects instances where the website provides a link to any other sites and their content. In most instances the website providing the link has no control over the content of the referenced site. As a result, it is essential to post a website disclaimer to protect your site from making any representations outside the scope of your control.