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Communications Act 2003

Section 127: Improper use of public electronic communications network

306.Anyone who sends a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or is of an indecent, obscene or menacing character (other than in the course of providing a programme service) by means of a public electronic communications network, or who causes such a message or matter to be sent, is guilty of an offence. It is also an offence under subsection (2) for anyone to send or cause to be sent false messages by means of a public electronic communications network or persistently to make use of a public electronic communications network for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety.

  • *A programme service has the same meaning as in the Broadcasting Act 1990.

307.This section replaces section 43 of the Telecommunications Act 1984, which is repealed by Schedule 19.

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