Clinton Calls for More E-Transactions

Monday, President Clinton called on the federal government to facilitate the growth of electronic transactions by identifying outdated legislation impeding electronic commerce, and invited state and local representatives to help find and revise such laws and regulations.

"It is critical that consumers and the public at large be assured of a level of protection in electronic commerce equivalent to that which they now enjoy in more traditional forms of commerce," Clinton wrote in a memorandum.

The U.S. Working Group on Electronic Commerce will establish a subgroup, which will be led by the Commerce Department, to recommend how to revise outdated laws to match the protections given to consumers in traditional transactions.

The working group will invite representatives from state and local government to aid the cause at their levels while discussing the potential for consistent approaches to the issues.

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