PUBLICATION OF ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS AND TRANSACTIONS AMENDMENT BILL, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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The Amendment Bill proposes a number of amendments to the current Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002 (ECTA) which, according to the explanatory memorandum, will bring ECTA in line with international benchmarks. In this regard, the Amendment Bill proposes amendments to a number of definitions, including for an “electronic transaction” (which now includes commercial and non-commercial transactions), “commercial communication”, “electronic signature” and “unsolicited communication”, to name a few. Substantial changes have also been introduced in the Amendment Bill in respect of the Domain Name Authority and the administration of the Authority; and in the context of the applicable penalties, especially in respect of the chapters dealing with cyber inspectors and cyber crime.

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