E-commerce and the law

    Know your clients’ “virtual” rights


    The Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002 (“ECTA”) has governed internet transactions since August 2002.

    The worldwide surge in sales of goods from mobile and website apps necessitates an understanding of this important piece of legislation.

    Legal practitioners should have a sound understanding of the field of application of ECTA and its major legal implications.

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    Are YOU abreast of the ins and outs of ECTA and its effect on electronic transactions? 

    Test yourself:

    • should you accept a legal document which has been signed electronically by your client?
    • If so, what are the requirements for a valid electronic signature?
    • How has ECTA changed the common law rules regarding the law of sale?

    In this seminar, these and other important questions will be answered by a well known expert in this emerging field of law.

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    ECTA and conveyancing

    Our legislature introduced the Electronic Deeds Registration Systems Bill in 2017. After its commencement, it will replace the current preparation and lodgement procedures as we know them.

    The Bill is totally dependent on the provisions of ECTA.  For instance, electronic signatures will be compulsory.  This means that all conveyancers need a solid understanding of ECTA to prepare them for the imminent approach of the new deeds registration system.

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    ECTA, the CPA and POPIA

    Understand the important interplay between the different pieces of consumer legislation in South Africa.  For example:

    • does your client have a cooling-off right in terms of ECTA?
    • If so, what are the legal requirements that must be met?
    • Is the CPA applicable to electronic transactions?
    • How does the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (“POPIA”) protect customers’ rights in the virtual shopping sphere?

    In this seminar, the overlap between ECTA (which is also data privacy legislation) and POPIA will be addressed.

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    The logistics

    • This is a 3-hour seminar which can either be attended online or by obtaining recordings. 
    • The online seminar is presented in the mornings from 8:30-11:30 with sufficient time allowed for questions.
    • Recordings can be viewed at any time of the day.
    • The presentation is accompanied by a comprehensive reference manual.
    • The manual is sent electronically in PDF format.

    Seminar outline

    The key points addressed at this seminar will be:

    1. An overview of ECTA.
    2. The formation of electronic contracts (how, when and where).
    3. The formal requirements of electronic contracts.
    4. The terms and conditions of electronic contracts.
    5. Non-variation clauses and electronic variations to contracts.
    6. The consumer protection measures provided by ECTA and other legislation.
    7. ECTA and conveyancing.
    8. Automation of electronic contracts.
    9. An overview of the important international conventions.
    10. Data protection and POPIA.
    11. An oversight of the tax implications of electronic contracts.

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    Our promise

    • Be equipped with a thorough understanding of e-commerce law, presented to you by an expert in the field.
    • Receive a set of seminar notes, all yours for future reference on ECTA, electronic contracts, and its legal implications.
    • Empowering you with knowledge to excel in practice is what moves us forward.

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