What legislation is relevant to my website?

It is 2013 and more and more people now have access to the web. As a consequence internet shopping is also increasing.

For example in 2011 UK consumers spent over £50bn online. According to the Centre for Retail Research (‘CRR’) this figure is likely to increase this year to £57bn in 2013. How many of us will not be making a trip to those dreaded malls, the parking, the crowds of people wandering zombie like from rubbish shop to rubbish shop buying even more pap.

So whilst we generally buy the more low risk stuff i.e. books, CDs etc the purchase of higher risk goods i.e. more than £1000 will also increase as confidence continues to grow. You will also find that people will shop at a specialist shop to look at something and then buy it online considerably cheaper, i.e. a camera etc.

Whilst there are specific laws that apply to trade on the Internet you won’t get very far if you have no knowledge or pay a cursory nod to the usual laws that apply to the sale of goods and the formation and existence of a contract, i.e. the usual common law rules on what is a contract.

On or off line.

  • The Sale of Goods Act 1979 (‘SGA’)
  • The Sale and Supply of Goods to Consumers Regulations 2002 (SI 2002/3045) (‘SSGCR’)
  • The Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (‘UCTA’).
  • On the back of UCTA there is also:-
  • The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/1277) (‘Consumer Protection Regulations’)
  • The Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999 (SI 1999/2083) (‘UTCCRs’).
  • Data Protection Act Act 1998 (‘DPA’)

On line.

  • The Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002 (SI 2002/2013) (‘E-Commerce Regulations’).
  • The Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000 (SI 2000/2334) (‘Distance Selling Regulations’).


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