UK government's long awaited ecommerce Bill was further delayed this week by last minute technical hitches.
It had been hoped to publish the Bill tomorrow but it will now be held over for at least a week amid negotiations with the opposition parties about parliamentary procedure.
The government wants to take advantage of a new power to "rollover" the Bill into the next session of parliament, which could mean it will not become law until next year.
The Bill has been controversial in the making but the final result is expected to show a considerable softening of the government's stance on ecommerce regulation. It has already dropped the mandatory key escrow email tapping proposals.
It is also expected to introduce a voluntary regulatory regime for ecommerce service providers as well as introducing a clear legal basis for the use of digital signatures.
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