The Government has been urged to take decisive action on electronic commerce following the US government?s latest posturing on the matter. Viscount Chelmsford president of the Electronic Commerce Association, has issued six guidelines for the government to follow if it is not to be beaten by the US.
He said the government should act as a catalyst to agree on standards to allow families to filter out information they do not wish their children to see; agree a default legal jurisdiction; ensure customers are not worse off under the law if they purchase online; concentrate on the ?have nots?; and encourge the EU to implement globally existing treaties.
The guidelines were backed by Lord Renwick, secretary of parliamentary IT committee Pitcom. He said: ?The American players are only too well aware that their future prosperity depends on leading the rest of the world into the global information society and creaming the high-value jobs. The UK must be equally far-sighted.?
The government said it would open discussions on electronic commerce when it takes over the EU presidency next year. Lord Haskell, government spokesperson, said: ?The government recognises that the centre of gravity of the Web has always been in the US and our aim is to move this centre back to Europe. The government does not aim to leapfrog the US but to work closely with it.?
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