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February 21, 1999


By CBR Staff Writer

Regulation of e-commerce in the European Union is an unclear mix of overlapping, contradictory and ill-suited laws that are ineffective or even detrimental to the development of the internet, claims a report from Forrester Research Inc. The paper, ‘Braving EU Net Regulations,’ recommends co-regulation between government and business to check the influence of US firms which are trying to exert their influence on EU policies. The problem stems, says Forrester, from the inadequacy of national laws in dealing with international transactions, compounded by lack of expert knowledge and legal precedent on the subject. A mixture of government legislation and industry self-regulation is required, the report states, at the risk of reducing the potential of [EU e-commerce] by as much as a third in 2003.

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