[governance] FW: TP: city government exercising policy on Google Applications / consumer rights / Consumer Protection Act / trial period

parminder parminder at itforchange.net
Tue Jul 5 07:12:49 EDT 2011

On Tuesday 05 July 2011 04:33 PM, michael gurstein wrote:
> On reflection I think that the rather more interesting issue is
> jurisdiction.  Do municipal statutes have jurisdiction over non-local global
> corporations with only a virtual presence/assets locally i.e. can a
> municipal tax apply to virtually supplied electronic apps for example?

And the question whether even if they have de jure jurisdiction do they 
have de facto jurisdiction? See how Google has withdrawn its 
application, and it can also withdraw its other services, and 
possibility of a local jurisdiction being able to hold up to the 
blackmail.  This brings us to the issue of global policy frameworks for 
such (really) global Internet related issues.

In any case, this came to my mind as well. I am not sure how tax 
jurisdictions apply for payments for Internet services, and even if 
jurisdictions do apply by the reading of the law, if and how taxes do 
get collected when people pay to foreign corporations online for purely 
Internet based transaction of Internet services . Will very much like to 
know about it.

> The activity pointed to in Taipei (and even Roland's commentary below) seem
> to suggest that it does.  If that is the case then these are interesting
> times indeed.
> M
> -----Original Message-----
> From: governance at lists.cpsr.org [mailto:governance at lists.cpsr.org] On Behalf
> Of Roland Perry
> Sent: Monday, July 04, 2011 10:59 PM
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> Subject: Re: [governance] FW: TP: city government exercising policy on
> Google Applications / consumer rights / Consumer Protection Act / trial
> period
> In message<C125572E9A214CB591DFCFC6288D30F7 at userPC>, at 15:18:20 on
> Mon, 4 Jul 2011, michael gurstein<gurstein at gmail.com>  writes
>> I'm not sure if there is a direct IG issue here (?) but this will
>> potentially influence the overall policy/regulatory environment and
>> attitudes toward international governance regimes I would have thought.
>> If Internet delivered context of this kind is subject to domestic
>> (municipal?) consumer protection laws then what about for example,
>> Canada's laws concerning the requirement for bilingual packaging and so
>> on?
> There has been a "Distance Selling" law in Europe for some time, which
> says that most items bought by mail order, over the telephone and
> Internet etc, must be refundable within seven days if the consumer
> doesn't like the goods when they arrive.
> Rather than being a piece of "Internet Governance", I think this ought
> to be looked upon as a classic case where ordinary law (designed for
> mail order catalogues and TV shopping channels) also applies to business
> conducted on the Internet.
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