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US blasts European e-commerce rules
US Commerce secretary William Daley said that jurisdiction rules in an EU draft directive would restrict the growth of e-commerce. Speaking at an e-commerce conference organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization, he said: "There is a serious question of whose law prevails. Many in the private sector would feel that the location of the company should be the determining jurisdiction and many consumers believe it should be where the consumers are located."
The EU draft would give consumers a right to sue Internet commerce providers in the consumerís home country, regardless of where the Internet company is based. The draft could be adopted before the end of this year, replacing existing rules under which Internet companies are liable only in their home jurisdiction.
Internet chiefs criticize EU e-commerce directive
A group of senior Internet executives has added to the chorus of disapproval for the EUís draft directive on e-commerce. Meeting in Brussels this week, the group, called the Global Internet Project (GIP), said the EU is in danger of subjecting all web-based sellers to the jurisdiction of European consumer laws. GIPís comments echoed those of US commerce secretary William Daley earlier this week.