The United States and Canada are both considered “good” countries to buy goods online, according to the World Economic Forum, which released its annual report today.
It ranked Australia fourth for its quality of life, followed by Canada and the U.K. but came in behind the U and Japan.
The report’s ranking of countries was based on factors such as economic stability, tourism, education, and quality of services.
Australia’s ranking was slightly higher than the U., Canada and Japan, but below the U, U.S. and New Zealand, which ranked higher.
The United Kingdom, meanwhile, came in at No. 1 in the global rankings.
While the U is no longer considered a “good,” the British government has been pushing a more open and friendly attitude toward online commerce, which it sees as an important economic driver for the economy.
It has also embraced a more aggressive approach to enforcing online safety laws and privacy laws in the face of a growing Internet-enabled “dark web” of illegal activities.
In 2016, the government started requiring ISPs to collect data on users’ online activity, with a target date of 2020.
Australia is the only country to implement this approach, and it has a law on the books that would require ISPs to hand over user information to law enforcement.
The U.N. has been pressuring countries to follow suit, with the International Telecommunications Union saying it has sent a letter to the United Kingdom to demand it implement this type of law.
(Read more about U.J. in our June 2017 special issue.)