In order to ensure the quality and integrity of the information they supply, the corporate enterprise has a growing need to develop processes along with associated policies and guidelines to aid in the distribution of information over the Internet.
Why focus your attention on Internet compliance?
Corporations have a responsibility to provide leadership for the development of effective programs and processes that improve the quality, compliance and integrity of their websites and the information they deliver.
With a defined quality compliance process you can reduce risks, reduce costs to implement, experience a better return on investment, and reduce time to deploy websites.
These processes and guidelines also ensure the corporate legal, regulatory and credo standards are enforced.
Innovative companies are creating a corporate function to research the legal, regulatory, advertising and marketing components of information being distributed over the Net, an Internet Compliance Office, if you will.
This office is responsible for the collection and distribution of policies, procedures and guidelines that govern Internet compliant websites as well as the processes to stay in compliance.
Companies are also establishing compliance teams that consist of Internet compliance authorities, subject matter experts, and technical liaisons trained in the policies and guidelines that govern Internet compliance. These teams are involved in writing standard operating procedures for content approval, document closure and obtaining corporate approval.
They are also responsible for managing the auditing and monitoring of corporate websites to ensure they continue to meet compliance standards.
Internet compliance methodologys are also being developed to define the development of compliant websites. These, in essence, are mini system development lifecycles that outline the lifespan of an Internet site from conception to retirement.
The steps for establishing a compliance environment include:
The following is an example of a seven stage process for developing a compliant Internet website: