ACCC offers Web developer advice

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is urging Web developers to take care information on Web sites is not out-of-date.

Alan Ducret, Queensland regional director of the ACCC believes it's an issue Web developers increasingly need to be aware of, particularly when a site contains special deals or technical specifications.

"If they're going to be putting sites together for people who probably don't have much technical expertise, on either how to run a Web site or how you set it up, they should be thinking themselves very carefully about how they present that material," Ducret said.

"And if they're going to put stuff on the Web site that needs to be changed or irradiated over time then they should be making sure that there are processes in place to ensure that it is done."

ACCC chairman Professor Allan Fels said in a press statement that unless a Web site clearly identifies material as outdated or historic, consumers may be misled into thinking the material is current. "Such material can lead to severe consequences under the Trade Practices Act 1974," Fels said.

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