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Digital Business Lawyer

Volume: 1 Issue: 4
(April 1999)


The battle over the EU’s E-Commerce Directive looks set to grow in intensity. / read more

The first ever British spamming case has been launched by Virgin Net Ltd against Adrian Parris trading as ProPhoto UK. / read more

The EU and the US have set out an ambitious timetable designed to lead them to an agreement in their discussions over the European Union’s Data Protection Directive before the EU/US summit on June 21. / read more


The International Commerce Exchange (ICX) initiative aimed at creating a European Code of Conduct for Data Protection is a welcome development. / read more

Yahoo has taken legal action for the first time in the Internet “spam” battle and charged two companies with violating trademark law and forging thousands of promotional e-mail messages to look as if they came from addresses. / read more

The plight of many credit and debit card companies affected by fraud on the internet was illustrated by the article ‘Visa hit by net fraud’ in the April 1999 issue. The Law Commission has now issued a timely Report (27 April 1999) in recognition of the problems facing such companies, proposing reforms to help bring internet fraudsters to justice. / read more

An international coalition of more than 60 consumer groups, meeting in Brussels in the beginning of May, are determined to oppose the data privacy compromise now being discussed by the United States and the European Union. / read more

The 21st June 1999 is the self-imposed deadline for the US and EU to reach a compromise on the adequacy of transfers of personal data from EU Member States to the US. / read more

In a meeting of the EU’s Telecommunications Council on 22 April 1999 political agreement was reached with regard to the proposal for a Directive on a common framework for electronic signatures. This is an important step towards the proposal being adopted by the European Commission and then transposed into national law / read more

Electronic Commerce should be regulated under the same laws that govern commerce as traditionally carried on. The internet by which E-Commerce is conducted does not after all take place in a vacuum. However, applying existing terrestrial laws and principles to E-commerce which operates over the World Wide Web is proving difficult for Governments in many forms of law including taxation. / read more

The perception of financial exchanges used to conjure up images of a trading floor full of people in brightly coloured jackets waving pieces of paper and trading at close to the speed of light. This image of open outcry is almost completely out of date and has been replaced by a high technology environment where traders operate across national boundaries without a second thought. / read more

The e-commerce team in the Cabinet Office’s Performance and Innovation Unit has been holding this month a series of public/private sector roundtable seminars. The intention of these seminars has been to refine the Government’s understanding of the policy issues, problems and priorities facing the development of e-commerce in the United Kingdom. E-Commerce Law & Policy publishes here the background paper which outlines the rationale, issue areas and organisation of these seminars. / read more

People are betting on the internet. They are betting that the internet will become the next television and so investing in internet stocks. They are also using the internet to place bets. This article discusses the latter and considers the fiscal benefits and legal liabilities of having the world for your customer. / read more

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has published their final report on the interface between domain names and intellectual property rights. / read more

The record industry has taken a step further in its campaign to combat internet piracy with a meeting organised by the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) in London earlier this month. / read more

In April 20,458 .uk Domain Names were registered with Nominet UK, the registrar of .uk Domain Names. The figure was a slight decrease on March but was still a 300 per cent increase year on year. / read more

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced in April the five companies that were selected to participate in the initial testbed phase of the new competitive Shared Registry System for the .com, .net, and .org domains. / read more

ICX - the International Commerce Exchange - has begun work on the development of a Privacy Code of Conduct for Europe’s businesses. / read more

US government attempts to restrict the export of encryption software is unconstitutional, a federal court in California ruled on 7 May. / read more

The American Bar Association has given its seal of approval to the use of e-mail to transmit client documents. / read more

About Digital Business Lawyer:

The monthly publication providing authoritative insights and thought leadership on the legal/regulatory issues affecting online business, covering distance selling, contracts, domain names, adblocking, advertising, cloud computing, net neutrality, e-privacy, data protection, cyber crime, the Internet of Things, social media, internet taxation and software / read more

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