EU - Commission proposes e-commerce Directive

(Press Release) A proposal for a Directive on certain legal issues of electronic commerce has been put forward by the European Commission. Information society services would benefit from the Single Market principles of free movement of services and freedom of establishment if they comply with the law in their country of origin. Such services are defined as those provided normally against remuneration, at a distance, by electronic means and in response to the individual request of a customer. The proposed Directive would establish specific harmonised rules in the following areas: definition of where operators are established, electronic contracts, liability of intermediaries, dispute settlement and role of national authorities. The Directive would apply only to service providers established within the EU and not those established outside. 20 November 1998

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