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Electronic Communications Act 2000

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Citation  2000 c.7
Royal assent  25 May 2000
Electronic Communications Act 2000
Long title  An Act to make provision to facilitate the use of electronic communications and electronic data storage; to make provision about the modification of licences granted under section 7 of the Telecommunications Act 1984; and for connected purposes.

The Electronic Communications Act 2000 (c.7) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that:

  • Regulates the provision of cryptographic services in the UK (ss.1-6); and
  • Confirms the legal status of electronic signatures (ss.7-10).
  • The United Kingdom government had come to the conclusion that encryption, encryption services and electronic signatures would be important to e-commerce in the UK.

    By 1999, however, only the security services still hankered after key escrow. So a "sunset clause" was put in the bill. The May 2000 Electronic Communications Act gave the Home Office the power to create a registration regime for encryption services. This was given a five-year period before it would automatically lapse.

    The five years expired in May 2006 and the legislation granting such a power disappeared from the statute book.


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