The majority of Software as a Service (SaaS) apps rely on personalized consumer accounts individuals create when first accessing the platform. Essentially, this exchange allows the business operating the SaaS application to generate a license for the user, which in turn grants them access to the app. Because of the nature of this process, it’s imperative that proper legal steps are taken to ensure that the exchange is secure for both the company and consumer. One of the best ways to successfully do this is to implement the clickwrap method.
Basically every commercial website you stumble upon these days will present you with some form of click-through agreement upon registration. Whether this be creating a new social media account or signing up for a daily newsletter from your favorite website, chances are you will probably have to click some sort of “I Accept” button before continuing on. Clicking that button is just as legally enforceable as putting pen to paper, but it’s a LOT more efficient. Here’s how:
No matter how awesome your product or service is, you’re going to run into trouble if you aren’t checking your online legal terms. Luckily, this isn’t as difficult as it sounds. You’re probably familiar with those clickable terms of service boxes you are presented with when you first become a user. These clickwrap agreements use a button labeled “I agree” instead of a traditional ink and paper signature, but they are still just as legally enforceable.
Gone are the days of mailing and remailing contracts, and we could not be more thrilled. Written contracts can often be time-consuming and complex, and honestly just a big pain. Luckily, eSignatures have come to save the day! Contracts don’t necessarily need the typical ink-to-paper form of signing anymore, yet some companies have not taken advantage of all that eSignatures and clickwraps have to offer. In this blog we will outline some contract-signing practices that have yet to completely fall to the wayside (but hopefully will soon).
FinancialForce conducted a survey of HR professionals asking, “What are the major pain points you face today?” Out of the answers collected, the top two pain points were:
- Completing manual processes and spreadsheets
- Lack of systems integration
The solution to both of these pain points was technology adoption. New software with automation, recordkeeping and data analysis capabilities enables Human Resource Departments to streamline their workload and be much more organized.
When not implemented properly, it can be costly. Companies like GoGo Wireless, Safeway, BMO Harris Bank, and Zappos have all suffered the consequences of not following best practices with multi-million dollar lawsuits and costly litigation. So what are the next steps to properly implement these types of agreements?
Sign-up...NOW! We always want sign-ups to happen as soon as possible, because that means business. But does it mean legal business? If your customers are signing up online and aren’t being prompted to accept your legal terms before sign-up confirmation, it might not.
So we’ve already been over how a clickwrap API works, but why would you ever need one? Is that really a question? Clickwrap APIs are the best things ever, duh. No but really, what makes someone wake up in the morning and think, “Yes today I need a clickwrap API embedded into my website!” People don’t think that, which has proven to be a problem.
The complex world of software engineering is a fascinating one. The precision required to build out any feature for an app or website takes an army of developers and a lot of time. When it comes to wanting a clickable agreement on your website and automatic digital recordkeeping, that also has to be built. Don’t want to build it? There’s a clickwrap API for that.