Bill designed to regulate online commerce

Lawmakers are considering a proposed law that would elevate and regulate electronic communications. Agreements reached via email, for example, would have the same status as those on paper, according to a draft of the bill.

The measure also restricts spam emails, includes privacy protection and outlines responsibilities of those firms providing Internet service and those making commercial offers electronically.

The Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio would be in charge of enforcing the 39-article measure. The bill is modeled after similar legislation in Europe, and was written by Vilma Sánchez del Castillo, an expert in electronic law who is associated with the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, Spain.

The measure, No. 19012, is now in the Comisión Permanente de Asuntos Económicos where it was praised Wednesday as legislation that would help small business and development. That praise came from Otto Rivera, executive director of the Cámara de Tecnología de Información y Comunicación.

To some extent the measure is a consumer bill because it outlines the rights of those doing business online.

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