Government scores two out of five for e-business

Two-thirds of IT managers think the government is performing badly in relation to its policy on e-commerce

Two-thirds of IT managers think the government is performing badly in relation to its policy on e-commerce.

Respondents in this week's Computer Weekly/Harvey Nash Big Question poll said they were concerned that the Government's policy on e-commerce is all talk, with little real positive action.

The IT sector has already expressed fears over legislation such as the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and the IR35 tax regime for freelance IT staff, which are seen as obstacles to progress, at a time when the government is promising to make e-commerce a main plank of policy.

One IT manager said, "I do not think the government has done anything for e-commerce except acknowledge it exists." Another said, "It has been all talk and no action. In fact, most actions suggest opposition to e-everything."

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