Worry About Internet Law Because . . .
- sending unsolicited emails may subject your company to millions of dollars in fines;
- praising a product without clearly indicating you were paid to do so is a Federal Trade Commission offense;
- failing to have a Document Retention Policy addressing the new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure may cause you lose a lawsuit even before it gets to a jury; and
This is a tiny fraction of the laws regulating online commerce. So, how should a company avoid so many pitfalls?
Cyberlaws breed like rabbits. After a decade of uncontrolled evolution, the expansion of cyberlaws has created a Darwinian pond, so full of complex online laws no company is able track them all. Not knowing the laws makes orchestrating a three-year plan an exercise in futility.
Selling your Board of Directors on a
costly, time consuming, comprehensive online risk management plan is
difficult. Estimating a return on
investment based upon the value of not losing the farm is a formidable
A more palatable way to tackle the problem of online risk is piecemeal. Grab the lowest hanging fruit first. Form a committee to tackle the next most cost effective cyberlaw issue each quarter. Before you realize, (hopefully before you are sued) your company will implement a customized, comprehensive system to address online risk.
In upcoming posts, I will, through an equally incongruous mix of metaphors, address issues that are easy to address, but if left unchecked have potential to bring your business to a grinding halt.