The Minister of Communications has published a bill setting out extensive amendments to be made to the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act of 2002 ("the ECT Act").
The ECT Act is the first real piece of "digital-era" legislation in SA and it covers things like
- establishing that writing in data form has, for most purposes, the same legal force and effect as traditional writing
- authentication services
- cryptography services
- consumer protection in e-commerce and spam
- the creation and maintenance of the ZA domain name authority (ZADNA)
- limits on liability for ISPs and take down notices
- cyberinspectors and cybercrime
- eGovernment services
- the protection of critical databases
The review of the ECT Act was initiated by the SA Law Reform Commission - after 10 years and given that the DoC has ignored most of the obligations imposed on it by the Act it is probably fair to say that it is time for an overhaul.
The bill is available at http://www.ellipsis.co.za/electronic...mendment-bill/
Comments are due by 7 December - internal deadline if mybb is to make a submission will be close of business on 4 December.
There is a lot that is covered. In the next few posts I will cut and paste the explanatory memorandum to the bill so you can get an overview of what it is about.