Federal Trade Commissioner And European Commission Support Need For E-Commerce Framework In Interview With IBLS
International Business Law Services At the Forefront of Internet Legal Issues
Irvine, CA, Nov. 7, 2002
As E-Commerce evolves, the need for legal knowledge grows. U.S. Federal Trade Commissioner (FTC) Mozelle W. Thompson, and Bror Salmelin, Head of Unit of the Information Society European Commission, recognize this need, which has become International Business Law Services’ (IBLS) main focus.
“The FTC plans to continue its work to keep fast moving markets, like technology, competitive while taking strong, visible action to protect American consumers in a global marketplace,” said Thompson.
Europe is also seeking to expand E-Commerce, using its eEurope Action Plan, slated for full implementation by 2005.
“By 2005 Europe should have modern online public services, e-government services, e-learning services, e-health services, a dynamic business environment and, as an enabler for these, widespread availability of broadband access at competitive prices and a secure information infrastructure,” said Salmelin.
IBLS, a global source on issues relating to Internet Law, is actively involved in educating the public and business sector about how to make sense out of the various Internet regulations through it’s online legal education courses and via content subscriptions. IBLS’ role in furthering E-Commerce is encapsulated in it’s content, written in clear business language by lawyers from more than 31 countries.
“We believe that informational legal issues will increasingly be delivered using business language instead of in a traditional legal format,” said Ana Penn, Executive Director of IBLS. “The companies contribute business language formatted content to our global law portal as a way of demonstrating their expertise in their fields, which attracts clients who need their services.”
When it comes to building a global framework for E-Commerce laws, the United States and European Commission share a vision of greater cooperation.
“We work with our European counterparts to understand the similarities as well as the differences in our respective legal systems in order to coordinate more effectively in a global marketplace. While we may differ in how we approach a particular problem, we share similar goals,” said Thompson.
Salmelin also sees a good working relationship with the U.S. as a vital part of the E-Commerce legal framework. “As international electronic commerce is not bound by any borders, only a legal framework which respects and balances interests of the different stakeholders can make sense. I am confident that there will be greater harmony between the EU and the United States on E-Commerce Law reflecting this vision.”
Both the EU and U.S. realize that enabling people conducting business online to have access to information will be the key to successful online transactions.
“I think the best way to stay informed is by continuing to visit our website, www.ftc.gov and to read publications like yours [www.ibls.com] that are dedicated to educating Web entrepreneurs and reporting recent developments in international laws that affect business interests,” said Thompson.
Salmelin also believes that education is key. He points to the wide range of EU sources as “easily accessible for both European and non EU stakeholders”. He cites http://europa.eu.int/information_society/topics/ebusiness/ecommerce/index_en.htm (broken link) as one of the main sources of EU Internet policy.
Moving forward, governments will create the framework for E-Commerce Law, but it remains to be seen how people will be able to make sense out of the various and every changing regulations, and where and how they may or may not apply to them. IBLS seeks to bridge this gap between government and Internet user seeking to take advantage of the world of E-Commerce by interpreting and analyzing the laws in a concise and easily digestible manner.