Information society services and e-commerce
Information society services and e-commerce

The following Commercial practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Information society services and e-commerce
  • Scope of the E-Commerce Regulations 2002
  • What are information society services?
  • Activities that are information society services
  • Activities that are not information society services
  • Intermediation services
  • Practical approach to meaning of ‘information society services’
  • Other key definitions
  • General exclusions
  • General information obligations
  • More...

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for Commercial?

Brexit: As of exit day (11pm on 31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this Practice Note. For further guidance, see Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources and Brexit toolkit.

This Practice Note describes the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002 (E-Commerce Regulations 2002), SI 2002/2013, which give effect in the UK to Directive 2000/31/EC, E-Commerce Directive. This Practice Note discusses the scope of the E-Commerce Regulations 2002 as they apply to businesses established in the UK, including key definitions, obligations and statutory defences.

The government has issued guidance on the E-Commerce Regulations 2002 in the form of a guide and an FAQ.

For information on how Regulation (EU)

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