E-commerce regulatory bodies

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This piece is going to briefly discuss the regulatory bodies that are an authority of e-commerce and associated areas. There is no regulatory body that has overall responsibility for the regulation of e-commerce. There are several bodies that enforce certain laws that apply to e-commerce. Some of which are: Chartered Trading Standards Institute – Protects […]

What rights does a data subject have?

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Data subjects have certain rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which was implemented into the United Kingdom (UK) with the Data Protection Act 2018. Personal data is information that relates to an identified or identifiable individual. That information could be a name, number, or IP address. The identified or identifiable individual would be […]

What is a lawful basis for processing data?

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To process personal data, you must have a valid lawful basis. There are six lawful bases for processing. The most appropriate basis will depend on your relationship with the individual. The requirement of most the lawful bases is that the processing is ‘necessary’ for a specific purpose. You will not have a lawful basis if […]

What are the data protection principles?

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which was implemented into United Kingdom (UK) law with the Data Protection Act 2018, sets out data protection principles that data controllers must comply with. They are as follows: The lawfulness, fairness, and transparency principle – Lawfulness: there are six lawful bases for the processing of data as set […]

Are you a data controller or processor?

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It is vital that you understand your role regarding personal data to ensure compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Your obligations under the GDPR will differ depending on whether you are a controller, joint controller, or processor. If you breach your obligations the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) can take legal action against you […]

Why does e-commerce matter?

The digital sector is one of the United Kingdoms (UK) most important sectors. It has a substantial economic value and has the potential to increase growth and innovation. The UK’s government has continued to improve policy and prepare legislation, that acknowledges the benefits of an open and thriving digital sector. In the UK’s non-financial sector e-commerce […]

Social Media Defamation

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Having a presence on social media as a business can be valuable. It can increase your audience, boost your brand, and give the ability to communicate with potential customers instantly.  However, social media does also create risks such as defamation. Material posted on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook can be malicious and […]

What must your online business do to protect its service?

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As a business that operates online what obligations do you have to guarantee to protect the security of any internet transactions. The Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations 2003, The Network and Information Systems Regulations (NIS) 2018, and the Communications Act 2003 impose obligations on providers of public electronic networks, to have adequate and sufficient, technical […]

Data protection after Brexit

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From the 31 January 2020 the United Kingdom (UK) was no longer a European Union (EU) member. Since exit day the UK has entered the implementation period (transition period), during which the UK must continue to comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and is generally treated as an EU state for law […]

What legislation controls e-commerce?

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There is a lot of legislation that governs a business operating on the internet. Some of which is based on European Union (EU) legislation. The following is a list of some important legislation that controls e-commerce: The Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002 – Among other things it states the information that must be given […]