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GETTING THE DEAL THROUGH, Edition 2009: E-Commerce

September 2009 - TMT ( Technology, Media & Telecoms). Legal Developments by Froriep Renggli.

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How can the government’s attitude and approach to internet issues best be described? The government has recently abandoned two bills specifically aimed at regulating the civil and criminal aspects of the provision of internet services (in 2005 and 2008 respectively). After a few years of discussion, the government finally determined that the current legislation suffices to regulate the civil and criminal aspects of the provision of internet services and that a specific regulation along the lines of the EU model was not necessary. It considered that a new regulation would raise further issues and would quickly be overtaken by the development of new technologies. Instead, it promoted a status quo situation, except for spamming, which is now regulated under the Unfair Competition Act as amended on 24 March 2006.

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First published in Getting the Deal Through – e-Commerce 2009, www.gettingthedealthrough.com

 

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