13 DOING BUSINESS ONLINE

The rapidly changing world of electronic commerce continues to throw up new challenges for law-makers, for businesses and for the lawyers who advise them. In this chapter from The Manager’s Guide to IT Law Jeremy Newton outlines the principal areas of legal compliance about which IT managers ought to know.

The UK’s first conference on internet law took place in 1995, when businesses were starting to get to grips with the legal issues of doing business electronically. A frequent comment at that point was that the internet was lawless: a kind of ‘electronic frontier’ where wrongdoers were protected both by the anonymity of cyberspace and the complexities of seeking legal remedies internationally. Early commentators ...

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