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InfoWorld: UCITA threatens rights of consumers in the new age of electronic commerce

Jan 09, 2000, 16:25 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ed Foster)

"One of the basic principles of propaganda is that if you repeat something often enough, people will eventually believe the most outrageous canard to be true. Thus it is that the Uniform Computer Information Transaction Act's (UCITA's) proponents have adopted "a vote against UCITA is a vote against e-commerce" as their mantra in pushing the proposed law through state legislatures."

"The truth is quite the opposite, of course. UCITA poses some grave perils for the future of electronic commerce. Commentators -- ranging from a member of the UCITA drafting committee and a group of state attorneys general to associations representing technical and IT professionals -- have frequently said UCITA will make the Internet a scary place for customers to do business."

"Nonetheless, at the recent prelegislative hearings in Virginia, it was clear that proponents of the bill have adopted a strategy of positioning UCITA primarily as an e-commerce bill; and it's a strategy that, so far at least, seems to be working in Virginia. (As feared, the advisory committee considering UCITA for the Virginia Joint Commission on Technology and Science approved the bill to continue along what could be a very fast track toward enactment.)..."

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