Paragraph (1) means that firms need to be aware of this section whenever they are providing a service which:
ECO 1.1.6 R modifies COB so that a firm providing an electronic commerce activity from an establishment elsewhere in the EEA to a recipient who is in the United Kingdom (an incoming ECA provider) is not required to comply with any provision of COB except to the extent required by ECO 1. These exceptions relate to the 'consumer contract derogation' (see ECO 1.2) and to the 'insurance derogation' (see ECO 1.3);
relieves such a firm of the obligations covered by the derogations in ECO 1.
ECO 3 applies to a firm providing an electronic commerce activity from an establishment in the United Kingdom to a recipient who is in the United Kingdom or in a non-EEA State (a domestic ECA provider). Such a firm has to comply with COB in the usual way and so the requirements in ECO 3 are in addition to COB. ECO 3 sets out the minimum information and other requirements in the E-Commerce Directive.
3The Distance Marketing Directive is also relevant for electronic commerce activities and communications. The E-Commerce Directive applies in relation to any commercial transaction entered into over the Internet; the Distance Marketing Directive applies only in relation to contracts for financial services concluded exclusively by any means of distance communication such as telephone, fax or mail as well as electronic communications. COB 1.10.3G (2)(b) (Application of the Distance Marketing Directive and the Distance Marketing Regulations) provides guidance on the Distance Marketing Directive.