The Bill – dubbed the RIP Bill by opponents – will allow officials to tap people’s e-mails and monitor internet usage.
One critic is the Institute of Directors. Its head of e-business policy Jim Norton claims the government is scoring an own goal for the UK e-commerce industry.
In a special report, AccountancyAge.com this week examines the likely impact of the Bill on the growth of e-commerce and the burdens it could place on business in general.
‘Is it really the intention to provide Inland Revenue or VAT inspectors or DTI company investigators with these powers?’ said Norton.
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