Compliance services include regulatory requirements for website owners according to the applicable law. Laws and regulations differ by geographic region, by country, state, or international economic region such as the European Union. In some cases, the location of the entity that owns the website controls the governing regulation. But jurisdiction may not be limited to the location of a corporate entity, but controlled by where a website visitor is located. Since the Internet has few political boundaries, multiple regulations can apply. The legal framework is complex and evolving. The primary objective of website compliance is to confer rights to website visitors by requiring website owners to disclose how private data is collected, used, stored, retained, and transferred to third parties. In addition the website visitor can request the deletion of their personal information. Private information includes personally-identifying information, health records, financial records, and information collected without explicit approval by the website visitor.
Another area of compliance focuses on enforcing standards to assist persons with disabilities by defining technologies and best practices that make websites accessible to the disabled.