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Electronic Commerce Act, 2000

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Number 27 of 2000


ELECTRONIC COMMERCE ACT, 2000


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

PART I

Preliminary and General

Section

1.

Short title and commencement.

2.

Interpretation.

3.

Regulations.

4.

Laying of orders and regulations before Houses of Oireachtas.

5.

Expenses of Minister.

6.

Prosecution of offences.

7.

Offences by bodies corporate.

8.

Penalties.

PART 2

Legal Recognition and Non-Discrimination in respect of Electronic Signatures, Originals, Contracts and Related Matters

Legal Recognition of Electronic Communications and Information in Electronic Form

9.

Electronic form not to affect legal validity or enforceability.

10.

Excluded laws.

11.

Certain laws not to be affected.

12.

Writing.

13.

Signatures.

14.

Signatures required to be witnessed.

15.

Consumer law to apply.

16.

Documents under seal.

17.

Electronic originals.

18.

Retention and production.

19.

Contracts.

20.

Acknowledgement of receipt of electronic communications.

21.

Time and place of dispatch and receipt of electronic communications.

22.

Admissibility.

23.

Defamation law to apply.

General

24.

Electronic form not required.

25.

Prohibition of fraud and misuse of electronic signatures and signature creation devices.

26.

Activities partly outside the State.

27.

Investigative procedures.

28.

Confidentiality of deciphering data.

PART 3

Certification Services

29.

Accreditation and supervision of certification service providers.

30.

Liability of certification service providers.

PART 4

Domain Name Registration

31.

Registration of domain names.

SCHEDULE


Acts Referred to

Companies Act, 1990

1990, No. 33

Consumer Credit Act, 1995

1995, No. 24

Criminal Evidence Act, 1992

1992, No. 12

Petty Sessions (Ireland) Act, 1851

14 & 15 Vict., c.93

Succession Act, 1965

1965, No. 27

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Number 27 of 2000


ELECTRONIC COMMERCE ACT, 2000


AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE LEGAL RECOGNITION OF ELECTRONIC CONTRACTS, ELECTRONIC WRITING, ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES AND ORIGINAL INFORMATION IN ELECTRONIC FORM IN RELATION TO COMMERCIAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS AND DEALINGS AND OTHER MATTERS, THE ADMISSIBILITY OF EVIDENCE IN RELATION TO SUCH MATTERS, THE ACCREDITATION, SUPERVISION AND LIABILITY OF CERTIFICATION SERVICE PROVIDERS AND THE REGISTRATION OF DOMAIN NAMES, AND TO PROVIDE FOR RELATED MATTERS.

[10th July, 2000]

BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS: