(July 30, 2013)
If you have a website and you come from Germany and live in Germany; you absolutely need an Impressum. It doesn’t help if your website is in English, hosted elsewhere or not having a German audience at all.
This blog post is really intended as information for Germany-based readers.
What happens if you don’t have an Impressum on your website?
You can actually be fined with sums between a few hundreds to a few thousands of Euros. Although the risk is not very big especially if your site is not well known, you should clear all your basis.
Do you want a bigger risk when you make your personal information accessible to everyone?
Believe me, I do have serious doubts and fears about privacy issues. Probably more than the usual internet user nowadays has.
In the research results by my virtual assistant is my take on how to protect your privacy while putting up an effective Impressum or disclaimer on your site.
Nice to know but often overlooked fact.
Just as your website absolutely needs an Impressum so that you’re protected against getting randomly fined by some lawyer; your Facebook fan pages also need one.
Your Opinion: Do you think an Impressum is needed or not?
I would really like to invite you to submit your comment, if you think an Impressum is useful or useless for your site.
There people who prefer the approach of not putting their personal information out there. Especially, if they have a niche site with a subject that does not really relate to their personality or which you don’t want others to find about.
There’s also the whole topic of trying to harm your competitors. On the other hand, it might be that putting your real name out there really increases the trust with your readers.
What’s your opinion on this?
Don’t you care about having the real name of a person in the website?
Is it perhaps something which really increases your trust if one is open with their identity on a website?
Do you think there is a big risk with putting an Impressum out there that outweighs the protection against the fine of a few hundred Euros per incident?
Please share your opinions with us and let us know if the E-book research by my virtual assistant was useful to you.