15 Aug 2012
A new ruling by Europe's highest court is likely to have significant implications for websites imposing service charges via tick-boxes that are ticked by default.
The European Court of Justice verdict in a case brought against travel firm Ebookers will have implications for website owners wishing to remain compliant with the law, and strengthens the argument both for web governance and for using an automated solution to check sites.
Sitemorse CEO Lawrence Shaw says automated solutions like the company's new Governisation package are the way forward because they can do testing that would take many man-hours to carry out manually and give early warning of potential problem areas such as the now-illegal pre-ticked boxes.
"We are constantly monitoring new website regulation and in this case we have already added functionality that means web managers can find potential problem areas such as web forms easily. Automated checking is an invaluable aid that will help our users stay 'web confident' he added.
• Retailers Aldi, Spar (UK) The Whisky Shop, Fortnum and Mason and Budgens head the Sitemorse table of the Top 25 UK's leading drinks retailing websites. Aldi - given the Best Supermarket award by Which magazine in 2012 - had a jump up the table of five places with a very impressive score of 8.34 out of 10, according to the monthly table of UK websites for drinks retailers produced for Retailinsider.com by Sitemorse.
• Dumfries and Galloway Police's site was once again head and shoulders ahead of any other UK police force site in our latest benchmark, with a total score of more than nine out of ten possible marks. Other top-rated websites are run by the North Wales, Fife, Cleveland, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire forces. Cleveland have previously topped the table for a number of recent surveys but dropped to third this time with a score of 6.3 out of 10. Cheshire, North Yorkshire, City of London and Leicestershire force websites also appear in our top ten on this benchmark.
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