The British government will not back a change to the UK E-commerce Regulations which would give greater legal protection to search engines and other intermediaries. The Government says that changes should be left to a European Commission review later this year. The EUs E-commerce Directive of 2000, from which the UK Regulations are derived, limits the liability of intermediaries where they host or cache information or act as mere conduits in its transmission. The Directives protection for an ISP is fairly clear; its protection for a search engine is not.
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