The Consumer Rights Bill (Bill) has passed through the House of Commons and is now awaiting its second reading in the House of Lords. A copy of the Bill in its present form can be found here in full.

This new Bill aims to update and simplify UK consumer rules as well as to increase consumers' legal rights.

In an attempt to catch up with technology, the Bill differentiates digital content from goods and services. The Bill contemplates digital content such as purchases of apps and in-app purchases. It also considers payment by gift vouchers and virtual currency. The Bill in its present state provides for certain implied terms to apply to digital content, for example quality, fitness for purpose, and compliance with description and remedies such as right to compensation for damage caused to a device or to other digital content. The implementation date of the final Bill has not yet been confirmed, but the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has stated that it is planning for the legislation to come into force in October 2015.

Our previous alert on the draft Bill can be seen here.