The regulation of e-commerce has undergone a rapid and radical transformation and has resulted in significant regulatory activity on the part of governments and international organisations. Whether an institution is providing e-commerce services for consumers (e.g. advanced distance learning courses), contracting to use e-commerce services from other businesses (e.g. online purchasing), or simply adopting e-commerce related technologies in the workplace and among student populations (e.g. smart cards/electronic purses) those involved in their adoption and provision will need to be aware of the developing legal framework.
The adoption of e-commerce technologies will also require managers and administrators responsible for their implementation and oversight to ensure that their institution is aware of the implications of broader legislative initiatives, such as data privacy and freedom of information for any proposed uses of e-commerce technology.