Terms and Conditions are a set of rules and guidelines that a user must agree to in order to use your website or mobile app. It acts as a legal contract between you (the company) who has the website or mobile app and the user who access your website and mobile app.
It’s up to you to set the rules and guidelines that the user must agree to. You can think of your Terms and Conditions agreement as the legal agreement where you maintain your rights to exclude users from your app in the event that they abuse your app, and where you maintain your legal rights against potential app abusers, and so on.
This type of legal agreement can be used for both your website and your mobile app. It’s not required (it’s not recommended actually) to have separate Terms and Conditions agreements: one for your website and one for your mobile app.
A Terms and Conditions is not required and it’s not mandatory by law. Unlike Privacy Policies, there’s no law or regulation on Terms and Conditions.
But having a Terms and Conditions gives you the right to terminate the access of abusive users or to terminate the access to users who do not follow your rules and guidelines.
It’s extremely important to have this agreement if you operate a SaaS app.
Here are a few examples how this agreement can help you:
While a Terms and Conditions isn’t required by law, other platforms (especially those that you can create an app for) will often ask you for this agreement.
For example, Facebook asks for a Terms and Conditions for your app. This is required for the “Terms of Service URL” field when you submit your Facebook app for review:
While creating and having a Terms and Conditions is important, it’s far more important to understand how you can make the Terms and Conditions enforceable.
You can enforce this legal agreement in various ways, but it always depends on your website or mobile app and what functionalities you offer to users:
eBay uses two different notices to enforce their User Agreement page.