MPs give e-commerce Bill the green light
The government's Electronic Communications Bill, which sets the ground rules for the expanding world of e-commerce, today cleared the House of Commons.
As it received its third reading from MPs in a marathon all-night sitting, the Tories claimed that changes to the legislation had saved business from a ‘nightmare’.
As the Bill prepares to go to the House of Lords, Shadow Technology Minister Alan Duncan said that thanks to Tory amendments the original ‘heavy, cumbersome piece of legislation’ had been ‘dramatically slimmed down and improved’.
They had removed ‘draconian’ powers of access to emails and encrypted material.
The final ‘short simple’ measure was ‘a world away from the IT nightmare proposed by this Labour government when it first published this Bill,’ Duncan added.