Christine Oddy is hard at work on a key report into one of Europe's latest and
fast-growing developments - electronic commerce, often described as 'shopping on the web'.
The rapid growth in buying and selling via the Internet has prompted the European
Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee to appoint her to draw up the report which will form
the basis of regulations to protect buyers and reputable traders from fraud. The Coventry
and North Warwickshire MEP brings her expertise as a solicitor and former law lecturer to
Next Friday (12 February) she will visit the Corporation of London for a fact-finding
visit on the subjects, meeting Tricia Drakes, Master of the Worshipful Company of
Technologies, the City's newest livery company.
Earlier next week she will be also be meeting Nick Wood, Managing Director of
Netsearchers, which he founded three years ago as a company specialising in protecting the
intellectual property on the Internet of the owners of copyrights and trade marks.
Ms Oddy said:
"Electronic commerce is a fast-growing business with increasing numbers of people
buying goods and carrying out financial transactions on the Internet. This report should
lead to users getting the protection they need from fraud and misrepresentation and the
assurance that their dealings are safe."