What are the e-commerce laws that affect online businesses?
- The UK GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and Data Protection Act 2018: govern the protection of customer’s data, especially in terms of processing, storing, and transferring personal data
- The Electronic Commerce Regulations: sets out how you must communicate with your website users, including the requirement to display your website terms and conditions, provide clear information on pricing and delivery charges, and identify the sender of any business communication
- Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000: aims to protect consumer (the general public not B2B) rights in relation to online selling
Do the above laws apply to dropshippers?
Dropshipping is where an online store sells products to consumers by purchasing what the consumer orders from a third-party supplier who ships the product directly to the customer. As a dropshipper, you do not hold or handle the items you are selling. Dropshipping businesses are legal in the UK and therefore subject to all e-commerce laws and must pay tax.
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