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Draft EU e-business rules published

Daniel Thomas
The Department of Trade & Industry has finally published draft regulations to implement the E-commerce Directive - nearly two months after the deadline passed.

The directive, which was agreed in June 2000, requires online service providers to give consumers certain information; details which national law will apply to online services; and spells out the information a consumer must be given about how to conclude an e-contract.

E-commerce minister Douglas Alexander said, "This consultation will help to make sure that we get the legislation framed so we make the UK the best place to do e-commerce."

The directive has come in for some fierce criticism from industry bodies, which say it will harm small firms.

Businesses and other interested parties have until 2 May to evaluate the draft regulations and respond.

daniel.thomas@rbi.co.uk

Further information:
www.dti.gov.uk

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