E-commerce and the law

Know your clients’ “virtual” rights - with focus on the ECTA


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.


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 Act aligns with 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.



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


New technologies, new law

As new technologies come to the fore, so must the law grapple to understand and adapt to it. In this webinar, we will briefly address contemporary aspects such as: 

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Blockchain and smart contracts
  • Cryptocurrency
Webinar content
  • Introduction
  • An overview of ECTA
  • An overview of important international conventions
  • The formation of electronic contracts
  • Formal requirements of electronic contracts
  • Terms and conditions of electronic contracts
  • Non-variation clauses and electronic amendments
  • Consumer protection aspects
  • Conveyancing and ECTA
  • Automation of contracts
  • Data protection aspects
  • An oversight of tax implications of electronic contracts
  • Concluding remarks
  • Reference and further reading

See full webinar content here.

Who should attend?
  • Legal practitioners and candidate practitioners
  • In-house legal advisors
  • Small business owners
  • Any individuals wanting an overview of the existing position regarding electronic commerce and related legal aspects
The logistics
  • Webinars can either be attended online or by obtaining recordings.
  • This is a 3-hour webinar.  Online lectures take place on Zoom from 08:00-11:00.
  • When opting for recordings, follow the instructions in your registration confirmation email to request access to view recordings online.  Recordings can be viewed at any time once you've received login details.  Recordings are only available for a limited time, please refer to your registration confirmation letter for more information.
  • Each presentation is accompanied by a comprehensive reference manual which is sent electronically in PDF format.
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 webinar 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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