On April 29 2002 the Spanish Parliament approved a report issued by the Commission of the Ministry of Science and Technology on the Draft Law on Information Society Services and E-commerce. This piece of legislation has now been forwarded to the Senate for its approval.

The law will implement the E-commerce Directive (2000/31/EC) and, partially, the Consumer Protection Directive (1998/27/EC). It includes a wide range of activities under the concept of information society service including the following:

  • the contracting of goods and services by electronic means;

  • the supply of information;

  • the transfer of data through telecommunications networks;

  • hosting services; and

  • any other service provided at the individual request of the end user, provided that this represents an economic activity for the service provider.

As a result, the president of the Internet Users Association has asked Parliament to include the regulation of online gaming online in the draft law, especially as regards the protection of minors. This provision was not included in the draft recently approved by Parliament.

For further information on this topic please contact Almudena Arpón de Mendivil, Rafael Aguilera or Grisel Sayalero at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo by telephone (+34 91 582 91 00) or by fax (+34 91 582 91 21) or by email ([email protected] or [email protected] or [email protected]).