Impressum

On some German-language websites, a link called “Impressum” can be found at the bottom navigation. This page invariably contains information about the publisher of the site, possibly the contact address for technical support, and even some legal stipulations.

This word is simply impossible to translate (“Impressum” or “Publisher” will lead to blank stares or false impressions, respectively; see LEO for a detailed discussion.) The page has to be broken up into two or more distinct areas. Commonly, site navigation will contain ‘t&c’ (terms and conditions, or terms of use; German AGB), containing legal information on liability and/or legal disclaimers (waiving liability and defining copyright stipulations). ‘Privacy’ discusses user rights, such as the use of cookies and the issuing of information to third parties.

Please see the following sites for examples:

Hochschule Luzern – Wirtschaft     |     Google     |     The Body Shop