Internet of Things

The internet of things: The era of networked things

The internet of things (IoT) is driving digital change. Smart household appliances and self-driving cars are already available. More and more everyday devices are being connected to form a comprehensive network that will eventually penetrate all areas of life. The 5G mobile communications standard will soon be implemented, which will help IoT achieve a breakthrough in the foreseeable future. Smart...

Create terms and conditions

Common mistakes when creating terms and conditions

General terms and conditions are now an integral component of the contract between buyers and sellers. They are important for online store owners to apply the same rules for all their customers and goods. Furthermore, they not only simplify the purchase process for dealers and customers, but also provide legal protection for both parties. But what do you have to pay attention to when creating...

ePrivacy Regulation: About the EU’s privacy policy

ePrivacy regulation is on the way! What do you have to expect?

The EU plans to significantly tighten data security online: With the ePrivacy regulation, the collection of personal data should only be allowed following explicit allowance. At this point, it’s not certain what exactly will be included in the ePrivacy regulation: We’ve consolidated for you here what we already know. As website operators, it makes sense to inform yourselves now as to which changes...

Linking restrictions due to ECJ judgement

Linking restrictions due to ECJ judgement

There are boundaries when it comes to linking. These boundaries have now been officially confirmed by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in its judgement on the September 8th, 2016. Website operators that place hyperlinks with commercial intent are obliged to check the legality of the online content that is being linked to. According to the ECJ, private internet users aren’t expected to check,...

Data protection in e-commerce

Data protection in e-commerce

Data protection and security in the area of e-commerce can be particularly tricky. Users are constantly leaving behind traces online - regardless of whether they are making online orders or simply surfing the web. Consumer data can be of great interest to businesses. It gives them the opportunity to advertise and make offers to potential customers. But which data are you actually allowed to...

Interim injunctions in e-commerce

Interim injunctions in e-commerce and how to react

Internet law is an extensive and complex concept. Anyone who fails to pay attention in e-commerce can easily run the risk of violating copyright, trademark, or competition rights, and promptly find themselves on the receiving end of an interim injunction. Our review article will explain what this legal proceeding means, how to go about procuring one, and what options you have when reacting to one....

Cease-and-desist letters in e-commerce

Copyright law in e-commerce

Legal disputes don’t necessarily have to be settled in court. In many cases, copyright law-related issues can be resolved outside of court using a cease-and-desist letter. In this guide, we provide an overview of what you should include in an official warning as well as a guide to responding to legal warnings.

What is the EU-US Privacy-Shield?

EU-US Privacy Shield: What the replacement for Safe Harbor means for us

What is the Privacy Shield? The Safe Harbor Agreement’s successor raises questions for many stakeholders in the EU. Even if clear rules for data storage have been assured, there are still countless exceptions. However, the provisions for data storage are particularly important for online companies. This text provides an overview of the EU-US Privacy Shield agreement, which aims to establish legal...

Everything you need to know about design patents

Design patents: protecting your design idea

Ever wondered why no products ever have the same shape and ornamentation, even when it comes to everyday items like toilet paper or bottles of beer? The answer lies in design patents. They may be less common than traditional utility patents, copyrights, or trademarks, but design patent applications have led to many high-profile court cases in recent years. But what exactly are design patents, how...

Sale contract agreement on the internet

Sale contract negotiation: The laws of e-commerce

Most people don’t spend much time reading into laws and paragraphs of legal jargon. But for online business it is extremely important to know your rights and obligations, both as a merchant and as a customer. Even for simple matters such as an online sale contract, there are some regulations which differ from physical retail. The law has laid out some important duties for online merchants that are...


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