The Irish government will launch its plans to develop Ireland as a global centre for ecommerce at next week's International Commerce Exchange (ICX) interest group conference.
Deputy prime minister Mary Harney will detail forthcoming Irish ecommerce policy. Ireland's plans could prove a challenge to the UK if they are, as expected, more liberal than the relatively restrictive approach planned for the UK.
Australia, the UK and Canada are expected to detail their national ecommerce policies at the conference.
The meeting runs from 24-26 May in Dublin, and will also see the launch of a detailed ecommerce dictionary produced by ICX members, who include major users, consultants and vendors.
Produced with contributions from companies such as Shell and Telecom Italia, the Secure Electronic Commerce Model will be available on the web for ICX corporate members.
Details of a 'privacy code of conduct' being developed by an ICX working group will also be released. The group aims to produce a working implementation of the European Union's data protection directive for multinationals by Christmas. The directive came into force last October.
'Implementing the directive is very complicated,' said Nick Mansfield, ICX chairman and principal security consultant with Shell.
'Issues such as the restrictions on exporting personal data to non-European Union countries make this almost as big as the year 2000 problem,' he added.
ICX's annual forum aims to develop practical and technology-neutral ecommerce strategies for multinationals.
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