Legal Requirements for the Personalization of Commercial Internet Applications in Europe.
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Most e-commerce applications require the collection and storing of information about customers. As a consequence, the performed transactions involve legal issues. For three years, the authors have been involved in a project that studies the potentials of personalization of e-commerce systems from the particular angle of SMEs. The paper picks up a couple of scenarios that many e-commerce vendors face when implementing personalization on their Web sites. The specific focus of the discussion is the legal use of costumer profiles for e-commerce applications. Since most legal issues are difficult to understand for non-lawyers the paper makes use of a case study, which shows explicitly what e-commerce vendors need to keep in mind when implementing personalization on their Web sites.