The European Commission is expected to propose a set of ecommerce regulations covering everything from home shopping to Web publishing.
The proposed legislation is expected to affect the legality of electronic contracts through to the liability for illegal content selling goods and services online.
Industry watchers are keen, however, to see how the European Community will apply the legislation to borders, given that different countries have different ruling and the Internet is open to global sales.
Initial drafts of the legislation were heavily criticised as they pinned the responsibility on the ?country of origin? as opposed to the country where the service is actually received. The EC is now expected to change this, enabling online customers to fall back on their own consumer protection laws if anything goes wrong.
Ecommerce companies, however, favour the ?country of origin? as they do not have to comply to 15 different sets of country law within the Community.
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