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20 Questions Directors Should Ask About Privacy

A new resource is available from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) to help corporate directors understand and implement privacy initiatives within their companies.Although it was originally developed for a Canadian audience, 20 Questions Directors Should Ask About Privacy has global appeal in its approach to helping corporate boards address the growing demands for consumer privacy.

E&Y To Provide Assurances on Online Privacy

Ernst & Young has announced that it will offer its clients the option of reporting on a website's compliance with key requirements of the BBBOnLine privacy program. BBBOnLine is a program of the Better Business Bureau system.

H&R Block Inks Mega-Deal with AOL

H&R Block, tax preparer to the nation, has signed a three-year agreement with AOL Time Warner to be the exclusive promoter of tax services to subscribers of America Online, CompuServe, Netscape.com, and MONEY.com.

Amazon.com Breaks Ground in PC Marketplace

As part of its ongoing attempt to turn a profit, online bookseller Amazon.com has announced plans to venture into online computer sales, partnering with Ingram Micro Inc., the number one distributor of computer products.Visitors to Amazon.com will see a new tab at the top of the page promoting the computer services.

Use of Invisible Web Bugs Increases by 488%

A new study has revealed that the use of web bugs, or online hidden information collectors, has increased 488 percent in the past three years. On average, a web page is nearly five times more likely to contain a web bug today than in 1998. Web bugs are hidden graphics embedded in web pages to collect information about visitors to the site. Unnoticed, they can gather information such as the user’s IP address, the type of browser used to retrieve the bug and previously set cookie values.

Accenture Reaches Out to Government

In an effort to take advantage of a growing governmental need for online services, Accenture has acquired the privately-owned firm of Epylon. Epylon provides e-procurement services for over 450 state government agencies and schools.

Financial Sector Making E-Business Strides

How is the financial services sector doing when it comes to implementing e-business practices and identifying e-business opportunities?Andersen’s Business Consulting practice has just released the results of "Toda

Oracle and NetLedger Declare War on Microsoft

Oracle Corp., the second largest software company behind Microsoft, has announced a partnership with NetLedger, the online source for financial, marketing, and customer applications software.Oracle plans to package the NetLedger products with products of its own in the Oracle E-Business Suite for Small Business, and the company will compete head-on with Microsoft's bCentral.com.Microsoft positioned itself to s

Sales Tax Simplification - An Update

This article is provided by David Hardesty, of E-CommerceTax.comThe day when all online sellers have to collect sales tax is not here, yet. However, many in state government, and many Main Street retailers would at least like to see all large online sellers collect tax. There is considerable momentum behind the Streamlined Sales Tax Project, where simplification of sales tax systems would be accompanied by voluntary collection of tax.

The State of E-Business, According to IBM

This is the text of a speech by Irving Wladawsky-Berger, vice president of technology and strategy, IBM Server Group, addressing the e-business convention and expo in San Jose, California in June.In my talk today I'd like to address the state of e-business, and offer some perspective on what we at IBM see happening.

KPMG Sends Marching Orders to Transportation Industry

A new transportation industry report released by KPMG revealed that 50 percent of shippers indicated they will have no hesitancy about changing transportation carriers if a desired level of e-commerce is not provided.The study, which polled 22 major transportation companies, 14 Fortune 500 shippers, and eight transportation analysts, found that many transportation carriers are not meeting the e-business requirements of their customers.In particular, shippers want transportation carriers to

It's the End of the Line for eLedger

Software application service provider (ASP), eLedger, announced this week that, effective May 31, the company will no longer offer software services over the Internet. "The current adoption rate is not sufficient to sustain us, and we have been unable to secure additional capital in the current economic environment," said Lee Mellinger, eLedger president and chief executive.Licenses for the eLedger software will be available for sale to interested buyers.

Best Online Brokerages

If you're contemplating trading securities online, or if you already do online trading but want to compare the service you're getting with the rest of the players, this survey will be of interest. Money Magazine sent seven brokers out into the Internet with pockets full of money and the assignment to buy stocks from 24 Web brokers.

AmEx Increases Security for Online Purchases

Even though rumors have circulated for years that buying goods and services online isn't secure, most everyone who does shop with their credit cards over the Internet has not ever had a problem. Still, companies are searching for that next level of security that will ease the minds of wary consumers and businesses alike.To come to the rescue, American Express has created its new Private Payments services. A free service, AmEx customers will be issued a number that can only be used one time for purchases versus using the regular credit card number.


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