E-commerce is a broad term and includes all aspects of online commerce.

Online trading is increasingly regulated by specific legislation. Failure to comply with these rules can have major consequences for the internet entrepreneur. Specific rules apply to setting up a webshop, concluding online agreements, dealing with personal data and advertising. The protection of consumers is paramount, but the regulations also apply to B2B relationships.


Due to the fact that regulators such as the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) and the Personal Data Protection Authority (CBP) can take action against violators of the rules and impose substantial fines, it is important that you consult with experts on the rules that are applicable to your situation. The rules are primarily set out in the Electronic Commerce Act, the Distance Selling Act, the Distance Selling Financial Services Act, the Personal Data Protection Act, the Telecommunications Act and various advertising codes.

Further information

Do you have questions about e-commerce or would you like to discuss a case? Please contact the Company and Insolvency section.

See also

• Company law