President Clinton has stepped in and passed legislation encouraging the sharing of data on how massive computer crashes can be avoided on New Year?s Day 2000.
Clinton signed off the Year 2000 Information and Readiness Disclosure Act yesterday before he left Washington for Middle East peace negotiations in Maryland on the US' east coast.
The legislation is designed to help business, government and other mission critical organisations deal with the millennium bug. It primarily establishes an antitrust exemption for Year 2000 projects. An Internet site will also be created containing data and links to millennium bug solutions from government right down to consumers.
Analysts said the legislation will set up limited liability protection for organisations to share Y2K project information. This is something many companies have been afraid to do for fear of being slammed with lawsuits.
The move comes as UK government awareness body Action 2000 launches a massive campaign to make consumers aware of millennium bug problems in the home by distributing information packs through national newspapers. A consumer/small business awareness campaign is also expected to kick off in the US this week.
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