Up until now, your customers had to accept PhotoDeck's terms and conditions (along yours) when opening an account or placing an order on your website, in order to provide a legal basis allowing us to store their account in our database.
Now, the GDPR provides that legal framework in a standardized way, and a positive consequence of that is that we've now been able to fully remove the PhotoDeck T&Cs from our members' websites.
So, when customers register or place an order on your website, the Terms and Conditions they need to accept are yours and only yours.
When a customer downloads all images in a gallery (i.e. when free "1-click" download is enabled and the "Download all" button available), he/she has to enter an email address for the ZIP file delivery, and behind the scenes, an order is placed and a customer account created to store that data.
If the GDPR applies to you, the Terms are a good place to put the mandatory mentions, so they now also need to be accepted in this scenario, ensuring that you can have a proper legal basis for that account's data.
The GDPR also puts more pressure on you to be able to prove that you have a legal basis for your customers' data and to inform them. So we are now also recording when each customer accepts your Terms and Conditions, and you can see that information on each new customer record.
Terms and Conditions accepted by your customers are a contract that helps safeguard your business interest and for example, are a good place to provide mandatory information, or set boundaries on what your customers can do with the images they download. If you are subject to the GDPR, they are a good vehicle to comply (they provide a "contractual basis" for the data).
If you haven't defined terms and conditions yet, and especially if you sell goods or services through your website, we encourage you to learn more about this topic as well as the GDPR if it applies to you. If contacting a qualified legal counsel isn't practical, it is easy to find Terms and Conditions templates on specialized websites (make sure they apply to your location and the kind of products you sell, if any). The terms might be complemented with the information we provide on the data collected on your website and its location and on cookies.
Note: the information on this page does not constitute legal advice.
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