Electronic Communication Under The Law Of New Zealand

Electronic communications in New Zealand is regulated by the Electronic Transactions Act of October 10, 2002. The objective of the Act is to facilitate the use of electronic technology by: (i) reducing compliance and transaction costs for business and the general public, (ii) reducing legislative impediments to dealing with the Government electronically, (iii) promoting consistency between the law of New Zealand and that of New Zealand’s major trading partners, (iv) promoting the development of electronic commerce. To this end, this Act set forth several regulations that apply to electronic communications.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is the legal status of Electronic Communications under the Electronic Transactions Act?
When is an electronic communication deemed to be sent/received?
Where is an electronic communication deemed to be sent/received?
What limitations apply to the use of electronic communications?

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