Bill tackled at e-commerce seminar

A BILL legitimising electronic transactions is a step closer to becoming law.

The draft Electronic Transactions Bill was introduced into Federal Parliament on 30 June.

Mallesons Stephen Jaques partner Bruce Dodd, a keynote speaker at the E-Commerce Strategies for Business in the Wired World conference, said the Bill aimed to recognise the legality of electronic transactions.

“It does not outline what is considered to be right or wrong in terms of legislation because the first step is to acknowledge the existence of such transactions,” Mr Dodd said.

“The objective of the Bill is to render anything in cyberspace legally efficacious.”

Mr Dodd said the Bill did not address privacy issues. He said it is expected to be proclaimed early in 2000.

Other speakers at the e-commerce conference, which is running from 29 September to 1 October, include Australian Retailers Association executive officer of e-commerce Michael Lonie discussing E-Transformations – Using New Technology to Streamline Industry Operations.

Supply Search general manager Geoff Gander will discuss Supporting the Emerging E-Procurement Culture through Open Buying on the Internet and Oracle business solutions consultant George Slater will talk about Utilising Business-to-Business E-Commerce to Improve Strategic Improvement.

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