Eradar x-rays Westminster's digital murk


Eradar x-rays Westminster's digital murk

Ian Grant

Better laws and less red tape to govern online behaviour and commerce are two aims of, a website, forum and knowledge base that aims "to shine a light into the dark recesses of digital legal compliance".

With digital mavens Lord Erroll (pictured) as chairman and former lawyer Will Roebuck as CEO, tracks pending legislation likely to affect UK businesses online.

It also has a diary that lists meetings that are likely to have political and legislative impact.

Lord Erroll said the website aimed to help non-lawyers in organisations that do business online understand basic legal and regulatory requirements, know what's coming up in Westminster (and other Parliaments), and connect them to people and organisations that can help them with strategic and project-based issues.

"We've taken a risk-based approach to legal compliance in line with the views of enlightened regulators [eg ICO (Information Commissioner's Office)] and tried to keep the information simple but smart [ie trusted and of good quality]," he said.

He hoped to encourage organisations to work together to promote UK competitiveness, innovation and enterprise.

"The site is designed to provide an online forum to discuss legal and regulatory barriers to doing business electronically, and give empirical data to law-makers on what legal barriers and red tape need removing," he said.

The site, which borrows much from Wikipedia in conception and design, should help organisations large and small to track policy statements and consultations, and identify relevant laws and regulations.

Backing this up are articles, case studies and comment from informed sources.

Roebuck says the aim is to help organisations mitigate their legal and regulatory risks through collaboration, thought-leadership and best practice.

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