If you are developing or manage a website as part of your work at Imperial College, there are some key pieces of legislation that must be followed.

These pieces of legislation cover accessibility (making websites accessible and usable for everyone) and data protection, making sure that we look after user data.

There are large risks involved with Imperial College London not complying with these regulations, including reputational and financial.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and cookie consent

Imperial websites need to be compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR). Data protection is about ensuring people can trust you to use their data fairly and responsibly.

This includes having an up to date privacy policy for your site, covering data collection and management. Also, if your website is setting any cookies (performance, advertising, analytical etc) then you MUST seek permission from your visitors to set them.  You also need to list and explain what each cookie is, what it’s doing and why. 

Who can help?

The College is in the process of purchasing a new tool that will allow visitors of centrally supported sites to opt-in to cookies. Your Faculty Web Officer can offer advice on tools, but you are responsible for making sure your website is compliant.

Accessibility regulations

As you may be aware there are new accessibility regulations which have come into effect for public sector bodies, stating that websites must meet a minimum set of accessibility standards.

You will need to ensure your website meets the new regulations and there are several things you need to do.

Who can help?

If you have any further questions and need more information the new accessibility regulations, then please contact accessibility@imperial.ac.uk.