05 January 2007

Who sent me this email?

UK legislation for electronic communications and websites has changed and many companies are non-compliant. The details are set out in a summary by Outlaw posted on the Register.

Companies in the UK must include certain regulatory information on their websites and in their email footers before 1 January 2007 or they will breach the Companies Act and risk a fine.

Every company should list its company registration number, place of registration, and registered office address on its website as a result of an update to the legislation of 1985. The information, which must be in legible characters, should also appear on order forms and in emails. Such information is already required on "business letters" but the duty is being extended to websites, order forms and electronic documents.

This isn't onerous, but a quick check of a number of sites this morning revealed that many organisations hadn't got around to editing their websites even if they have put together a new email footer.

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