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Legal compliance on the web

Written by Michael Coyle on 31 August 2014

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The most important piece of legislation in connection with the laws relating to e-commerce was laid before parliament on 31st July, 2002.

The Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002 (SI 2002/2013) (the Regulations) which sought to implement the E-Commerce Directive (2000/31/EC) (the Directive), which was adopted byy the UK on 8th June, 2000.

The main driving force behind the Directive was to harmonise e-commerce services within the EU, establish the rights and obligations of businesses and consumers and above all ensure the free movement of information society services ('ISSs').

Swiftly following on from the Regulations were the following:-

Directive 97/7/EC on the protection of consumers in respect of distance contracts (Distance Selling Directive) and the
Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000 (SI 2000/2334) (Distance Selling Regulations) and as recently as last year a whole host of new legislation was introduced to protect consumers the most important of which are the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 (SI 2013/3134) (Consumer Contracts Regulations) which implemented the Consumer Rights Directive (2011/83/EU) (Consumer Rights Directive) into UK law.

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