Internet Newsletter for Lawyers
May/June 2004, by Delia Venables

E-Commerce Law Developments
by Kolvin Stone

Kolvin Stone provides a round-up of recent e-commerce law developments in an article which you can download from

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The article covers the following topics:

  • Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directives) Regulations 2003 particularly in respect of cookies and spam; he looks at the difference between opt-in and opt-out, the difference between individual subscribers and corporate subscribers, the nature of an “existing business relationship” and what type of enforcement is likely.

  • Data Protection and the Internet, with a description of the recent European Court of Justice decision on the Data Protection Directive and the Internet in Bodil Lindqvist; Mrs Lindqvist worked as a volunteer in a Swedish parish and set up internet pages to allow parishioners preparing for their confirmation to obtain information they might need. However, the pages included personal information about individuals without their consent.

  • Trade Marks, Metatags and the Internet, with a description of the Court of Appeal decision relating to Reed Executive plc and Reed Business Information - different organisation but sharing the key word “Reed”. The action related to what can be - or cannot be - included in a site’s metatags without infringing copyright.

  • The Gambling Bill and Online Gaming. How advantageous will be the eventual bill be to online gaming and will the UK become the best place for it?

    Kolvin Stone is a solicitor specializing in IT and e-commerce at City law firm Fox Williams,


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