EABC met with the Office of Consumer Protection Board (OCPB) on Friday 20 September in support of a case of revocation of on-line licence. A new requirement that on-line merchants provide a bank guarantee had not been communicated well and an number of companies, including EABC member, Adidas Thailand, were not aware of the requirement and had technically failed to comply, with significant consequences, including revocation of licence, barring of directors and cessation of on-line sales. EABC had taken up the case and written to OCPB in late July, seeking a fair resolution.
At the meeting the Secretary-General of OCPB announced that OCPB had reviewed the case of EABC member, Adidas, and determined that only a minor technical breach had occurred and that the company could re-apply for a licence with the same entity and directors, subject to paying a modest penalty. At the 20 September meeting were Mr Karri Kivela, Executive Director of EABC, Mr Bob Fox, chair of EABCs Digital Economy/ICT Working Group, two representatives of the German Embassy, the EU Delegation as an observer and two Adidas representatives. EABC and others expressed gratitude to OCPB for its most reasonable decision. At the request of the OCPB, EABC agreed to follow up to communicate the message about these developments, to other companies affected where there was known information.