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U.S. Government Working Group on Electronic Commerce: First Annual Report (Nov. 30, 1998) (full-text).
This report reviewed various actions implementing the principles and policies enunciated in the 1997 report titled A Framework for Global Electronic Commerce. It concludes by stating:
|“||The U.S. Government will continue to pursue the creation of a market-driven policy architecture for this new digital economy that will allow it to flourish while at the same time protecting citizens from potential negative side effects.||”|
The report highlighted the following actions during the previous year:
- The U.S. Trade Representative succeeded in having the World Trade Organization (WTO) adopt a declaration committing member governments to not impose custom duties on electronic commerce when information and services are delivered electronically.
- Two treaties (the WIPO Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty) negotiated with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) were transmitted to the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. Congress implemented them by enacting the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in October 1998, which modified U.S. law to conform to the new treaties.
- The Internet Tax Freedom Act of 1998 was signed and went into effect on October 21, 1998. It places a three-year moratorium on local taxation of Internet transactions.
- The Government Paperwork Elimination Act was enacted. It encouraged prompt implementation of electronic filing and record-keeping systems by the Federal government, including the recognition of electronic means for authentication.
- The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, which protects the privacy of young children online was enacted.
- The Clinton Administration continued to work with various international institutions that are addressing specific aspects of Internet commerce. For example, it was working with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on the issue of Internet taxation and with the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) on promoting the U.N. Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts.
- ↑ Id. at 30.