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I am programming a website which will save up users' inputs for their next visits. For example, I might save their phone numbers. The user will know that I save their phone numbers. However, do I need to get responsibility if some hackers get into my database to steal the users' information? Moreover, how to make sure the data are safe.

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You need a Disclaimer - make the users to agree and understand that although you will not misuse their data, but you will not be responsible for anything that may happen to the information that they submitted voluntary.

About "making the data safe", it can't be answered in this question, it's too broad and you need to be more specific.

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Disclaimer or Terms and Conditions

All sites that obtain personal information should use some kind of disclaimer or terms of conditions on submitting such data to the system, this varies from site to site and you should do a little research on what things you should be mentioning. If its for a big project then I suggest a legal adviser. It's important to note that even though you have a disclaimer or terms and conditions you can still be liable for damages which I'll cover in the next paragraph.

Data Protection Act

Disclaimers or Terms and Conditions do not make your company, or yourself immune from certain laws or acts, you can still find yourselves in trouble if you are not taking reasonable steps to protects peoples data. Data Protection Acts vary from Country to Country while most are the same and mention that reasonable steps should be taken to secure peoples data, some say you shouldn't keep UNUSED data on a computer for longer than X Months or Years.

If you are storing UK numbers then its best to check http://www.ico.gov.uk/for_organisations/data_protection.aspx etc, and so on. Personally its best to download these and store them offline or make sure your internet site is super secure.

How To Store Data Safely

It's impossible to say without a list of your server, the software, and everything else. I recommend you Google how to secure a website and ask questions on Security at http://security.stackexchange.com/

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