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Fri, 31 Jan, 2014 04:13:05 AM
FTimes Report, January 31
 
File picture of one person using information technology. Photo Lehtikuva.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications on Thursday said the complete reform of legislation aimed at integrating electronic communications in the Information Society Code was making headway with the government submitting its proposal for the Code to Parliament.
 
The purpose of the Information Society Code is to ensure that electronic communications services are available throughout Finland.
 
A press release of the ministry said the government submitted its proposal for Information Society Code to Parliament on Thursday.
 
In accordance with the government programme, the key provisions that apply to electronic communications have been integrated in the Information Society Code.
 
The services must be technologically sophisticated, safe, easy-to-use and reasonably priced. Legislation will also be used to create better than ever conditions for competitive business, development of and innovations in communications technology.
 
Consumer protection will be improved. In cases where consumers order and pay for products and services via their mobile phone, it has been proposed that telecom operators and the companies selling the said products or services would share accountability.
 
This would mean that in addition to the seller or service provider, consumers could turn to their telecommunications operator if the service or product is faulty or the consumer never receives it or is unable to discontinue a service order.
 
Provisions applying to protection of privacy and ensuring information security would be extended to cover all operators that convey communication. The provisions would apply to such matters as confidential messages exchanged via social media.
 
The major changes faced in the media sector have been taken into account in the proposed new operating licence system.
 
The system would be simplified by transferring a significant part of decisions concerning radio and television programming licences to the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA).
 
The Information Society Code is scheduled to enter into force on 01 January, 2015.
 
 
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