Legal Regulation of E-commerce in the it Program for the 9th Grade. What the Textbook does not Say

Dr. Angel Manchev

SU „St. Kliment Ohridski“, Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication

Правно регулиране на електронната търговия в програмата по информационни технологии за 9. клас. или… това, което учебникът не казва

д-р Ангел Стефанов Манчев

СУ „Св. Климент Охридски“, Факултет по журналистика и масови комуникации

Abstract. Today, as opposed to 10-15 years ago, e-commerce is as something quite ordinary, even weekly. Ecommerce capabilities in terms of access to a huge number of customers even globally, ease of ordering from every point, optimization of business processes, etc. are very attractive. It is logical in a respect that the subject of e-commerce is present in the IT program for the 9th grade for general secondary education. Moreover, although the program includes the requirement for the student to know the basic normative documents relating to e-commerce, this knowledge and understanding of legal regulation seems to be second-tier, leading to significant deficiencies in the aspect of legal thinking formation in future members of the society, not only as regards their online activities but also in their overall behavior. It is right, however, to know that in the online world rules, laws exist with no less power than offline reality, and their knowledge is a key factor for the success of any business venture. That is why in this article we will try to clarify some of the most important issues related to e-business legal regulation such as: Conclusion and validity of online contracts; Providing trader information to users and customers; Protection of consumers’ personal data in the context of the new EU rules (GDPR); Intellectual property protection; The legal regulation of e-commerce internationally.

Keywords: legal regulation; e-commerce; IT program for the 9th grade; GDPR; copyright; textbooks