Internet Law

PARLIAMENT Oral evidence – The internet: to regulate or not to regulate? – 24 Apr 2018

Oral evidence – The internet: to regulate or not to regulate? – 24 Apr 2018: “The framework for internet law is quite old. It is based on a US law, the Communications Decency Act of 1996, so it is 22 years old, and we have dealt with the way in which it has been adapted since then. In the UK, of course, we have the e-commerce regulations, which are based on the electronic commerce directive of 2000 which itself was drafted in the last century. So the framework for internet law at least is actually from the last millennium, which may lead us to think that it is perhaps due for an update.

 Of course, we deal with several pieces of law that are much older than that. I taught a class this morning in which we discussed Magna Carta. Some of the issues that arise out of the Panama papers leak concern the breach of privacy and attorney-client privilege. Those date long before the internet. Many of the issues we deal with have a longer history.

 This point has been made already, but I want to extend it; internet regulation broadly does not just involve the law. We are all regulated by the internet.” ‘via Blog this’

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