CONTINUEThis site uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more.
  1. Front Page
  2. News By Topic
  3. Small UK Firms Struggle To Comply With E-Commerce Laws

Small UK Firms Struggle To Comply With E-Commerce Laws

by Robin Pilgrim, LawAndTax-News.com, London

08 August 2003


Research recently released by online legal documents and information provider, Clickdocs has revealed that the e-commerce operations of many of the UK's small businesses do not comply with the relevant laws, undermining their ability to protect online consumers.

The three principle laws covering internet sales in the UK, namely the E-Commerce Directive, the Data Protection Act, and the Distance Selling Regulations, are designed to ensure that consumers are afforded the same degree of protection shopping online as they are on the high street.

However, according to Clickdocs, although 68% of UK websites claim that they are in compliance with data protection rules, only 18% are registered with the Information Commission. The survey also revealed that nearly 50% of sites do not have a privacy statement, and only 37% comply with the Distance Selling Regulations.

Speaking to the UK media this week, director of Clickdocs, Jon Aslin warned that this lack of compliance may scare away potential customers, forcing them to opt for larger internet operations, which are generally more compliant with the country's e-commerce laws.

'If consumers stick to big sites, new sites won't be able to make a go of it,' he explained, continuing: 'This is damaging in the long term. You don't want people to stick with big names all the time.'


To see today's news, click here.

 















Tax-News Reviews

Cyprus Review

A review and forecast of Cyprus's international business, legal and investment climate.

Visit Cyprus Review »

Malta Review

A review and forecast of Malta's international business, legal and investment climate.

Visit Malta Review »

Jersey Review

A review and forecast of Jersey's international business, legal and investment climate.

Visit Jersey Review »

Budget Review

A review of the latest budget news and government financial statements from around the world.

Visit Budget Review »



Stay Updated

Please enter your email address to join the Tax-News.com mailing list. View previous newsletters.

By subscribing to our newsletter service, you agree to our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.


To manage your mailing list preferences, please click here »