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Regulations for ecommerce

regulations for e-commerce

carl schiess

on 17 March 2014

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Transcript of Regulations for ecommerce

Review of regulations

Unit 8: E-Commerce
What is E-Commerce
Data Protection Act
Freedom of Information
Act 2000
E-Commerce Regulations
Electronic commerce, commonly known as e-commerce, is a type of industry where buying and selling of product or service over electronic systems such as the Internet and other computer networks.

Electronic commerce draws on such technologies as mobile commerce, electronic funds transfer, Internet marketing, online transaction processing, electronic data interchange (EDI), inventory management systems, and automated data collection systems.
Copyright legislation
This act was passed to protect against plagiarism or copyright infringement. This legislation deals with the ownership of visual content, whether that be through books, magazines, journals, music, images or indeed websites.

More information available from: http://www.copyrightservice.co.uk/copyright/p01_uk_copyright_law
E-Commerce legislation
Data Protection Act 1998

Computer Misuse Act 1990

Consumer Credit Act 1974

Trading standards

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Copyright legislation

E-Commerce Regulation
What is E-Commerce
This is a relatively new act passed in 2000. The act enables individuals to see the information that is held / stored about them.

This is an important step forward, particularly if you find you are one of those unfortunate individuals who are being disadvantaged by data that may not be correct.
The E-Commerce Regulations 2002 (officially called EC Directives) came into effect in August 2002. This regulation forces almost all commercial websites in the UK to comply.
The following are directly affected:
Businesses that sell goods and services to individuals and other businesses via the internet, email or text messages.
Businesses that advertise via the internet, email or text messages.
Businesses that store electronic content for their customers or whose websites provide access to communications networks.

The regulation also covers the use of spam and the setting out of what information the organisation must provide to the customers.
However, it does not cover direct marketing undertaken via fax or phone.

More information available from: https://www.gov.uk/data-protection-your-business
The Data Protection Act sets out enforceable guidelines on how data about us is stored and used. It also forces organisations to make sure that the data they hold about people are accurate.
Failure to abide by these principles can lead to prosecution by individuals and organisations.
Computer Misuse Act 1990
Due to the increased use and reliance on computer systems, the Computer Misuse Act was introduced to prevent computer users from intentionally abusing the system for their own criminal gains.

Specifically, it prevents computer users from using the computers for criminal activities such as theft, pornography and terrorism.
Customer Credit Act 1974
This act was enacted to protect individuals from being drawn into credit agreements, in many cases, without the full fact.
Under the act, companies must:
Set out the repayment expectations (payment dates and amount).
Explain what will happen if payments are missed.
Explain how the contract can be terminated.
Explain the charges that will be applicable.

The act also protects individuals who feel coerced into signing credit agreements in their own homes.
It provides a "cool-off" period, usually 14 days, during which customers can withdraw from a credit agreement if they so wish.
Trading standards
Trading standards legislation was made up of the content of the Sale of Goods Act 1979 (as amended) and The Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982.

It is designed to regulate the quality of the goods and services we buy and fundamentally decrees that these should be "fit for purpose" and "safe to use".
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