Business websites in the Slovak Republic are subject to a number of different regulations, some applying generally, others only to particular sectors.
Every entrepreneur who disposes of a website must disclose the following information:
- business name (and, if it is a foreign business, the name of its Slovak branch)
- legal form (if a legal person)
- business seat (if a legal person) or place of business operation (if a natural person)
- ID number
- register (and registered number) on which it is registered
- its registered capital (including how much is paid up, unless the amount of registered capital is voluntarily unstated)
- telephone number
- fax number or email
- VAT ID or Tax ID (VAT-registered businesses need only state their VAT ID)
- membership of professional bodies (a person whose business operates in a regulated profession must also disclose any academic degree and also in which EU member state the degree was awarded)
- general conditions
- contractual conditions related to choice of applicable law or jurisdiction
- information on liability for defects (if more than is legally required)
- information about the price of services or remuneration (if determined in advance, failing which a means of calculating or determining the price or remuneration)
- a basic description of services if it is not obvious
- the scope of insurance cover for damage caused in performing the business activity, and contact details for the insurance company providing cover
- contact details within the Slovak Republic for filing a complaint or claim or acquiring information about the service provided
This information must be easily and permanently accessible and separate from any commercial communication.
Any special offer to consumers (such as a discount, bonus, gift, game or competition) in a commercial communication must be separate from the basic offer, and the conditions for participating in it must be easily accessible, comprehensible and unambiguous.
Any website collecting personal data about customers (eg by a registration process) must satisfy the requirements for protecting personal data obtain the customer's consent to the processing of their personal data.
The procedures for ordering goods online must also comply with the requirements of the E-commerce Act.
There are special requirements to provide information applicable to businesses selling medicine, medical devices, groceries or other commodities online.
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The original publication date for this article was 20/03/2012.