Secondary Blocks

Compliance with laws

This guide explains the different parts that make up the compliance with laws block.


Compliance with laws

Compliance with laws block requires the parties involved to comply with all (or certain specified applicable laws) relevant to their performance under the agreement. This block helps ensure that the parties are aware of and follow their legal obligations throughout the term of the contract and also creates a contractual obligation to comply with applicable laws.




By defining “Applicable Laws” in the context of the compliance with laws block, the part clarifies the scope of the laws, regulations, rules, ordinances, codes, and standards that each party must comply with. This helps parties understand their legal obligations in relation to the services and products provided under the Agreement.


This part ensures that both parties are aware of their legal obligations and agree to fulfill them. It establishes the foundation for compliance with laws and regulations throughout the term of the Agreement.

Permits, licenses and authorizations

Certain activities or services may require specific permits, licenses, or authorizations from relevant authorities. This block ensures that the parties are aware of their responsibility to obtain and maintain such authorizations, preventing potential legal issues or operational disruptions that may arise from non-compliance.

Changes to applicable laws

Laws and regulations can change over time, and these changes may impact the parties’ obligations or ability to fulfill their responsibilities under the Agreement. By requiring prompt notification of such changes, this part ensures that both parties stay informed and can take appropriate action to maintain compliance.

Notification of non-compliance

The purpose of this part is to encourage transparency, communication, and cooperation between the parties when it comes to compliance with Applicable Laws. By requiring prompt notification and remedial action, this provision helps to minimize the risk of legal disputes or penalties arising from non-compliance, and ensures that both parties work together to maintain compliance throughout the term of the Agreement.

Important considerations

Why it is important to include a compliance with laws block

Including a compliance with laws block in tech contracts is particularly important due to the following reasons:

  1. Rapidly changing regulatory landscape: The technology industry is subject to a constantly evolving legal and regulatory environment, with new laws and regulations often being introduced to address emerging technologies, data privacy concerns, and cybersecurity risks. This block ensures that the parties stay informed and adapt to these changes to maintain compliance.

  2. Cross-jurisdictional issues: Tech contracts often involve parties from different jurisdictions, each with its own set of laws and regulations. A compliance with laws block helps to clarify the parties’ obligations to comply with laws and regulations from all relevant jurisdictions, avoiding potential legal disputes or penalties due to non-compliance.

  3. Data protection and privacy: Tech contracts frequently involve the handling, processing, or transfer of personal data, which is subject to stringent data protection and privacy regulations (e.g., GDPR, CCPA). Including a compliance with laws block ensures that parties adhere to these regulations, reducing the risk of data breaches, fines, and reputational damage.

  4. Intellectual property rights: The technology industry relies heavily on intellectual property rights, such as patents, copyrights, and trademarks. A compliance with laws block can help to ensure that parties respect and protect each other’s intellectual property rights and avoid infringement issues.

  5. Consumer protection: Tech contracts often involve products or services aimed at consumers, making consumer protection laws and regulations particularly relevant. A compliance with laws block ensures that parties meet the necessary requirements to protect consumers and avoid potential legal issues or penalties.

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