- Had provisions to regulate the provision of cryptographic services in the UK (ss.1-6); and
- Confirms the legal status of electronic signatures (ss.7-10).
|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.|
|Royal assent||25 May 2000|
Status: Current legislation
|Text of statute as originally enacted|
|Text of the Electronic Communications Act 2000 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from legislation.gov.uk.|
By 1999, however, only the security services still hankered after key escrow. So a "sunset clause" was put in the bill. The Electronic Communications Act 2000 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, which eventually happened in May 2006.
- An account from the Foundation For Information Policy Research
- Text of the Electronic Communications Act 2000 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from legislation.gov.uk.