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In the last year alone, more than ten pieces of legislation have come into force at EU and local level, which impact the establishment and operation of e-business. Ireland has been one of the leaders in implementing the necessary legal and regulatory framework to enable it to become a European telecommunications and e-commerce hub. This article seeks to highlight the basic kinds of issues that are relevant to any business with an online presence – whether its website is there to provide information, or an interactive retail site. The three issues addressed in this article are website content, electronic contracts and privacy/data protection.

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