Online Consumer Protection Legislation Worldwide
Despite the importance of consumer confidence for business-to-consumer e-commerce, many developing and transition economies still lack laws to protect consumers online. In as many as 67 countries, it was not possible to obtain data, suggesting that online consumer protection is not being fully addressed. Out of the 125 countries for which data exist, 97 (of which 61 are developing or transition economies) have adopted consumer protection legislation that relates to e-commerce. In terms of regional patterns, the incidence of consumer protection laws is particularly low in Africa.