What is the EU-US Privacy-Shield?
Privacy Shield – controversial data transfer agreement between the EU and the US
  • Digital law

For some years, the Privacy Shield has regulated the transfer of personal data from the EU to the US. But in July 2020, the Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU) invalidated the Privacy Shield. For many companies, the end of the privacy agreement came as a complete surprise. What were the contents of the EU-US Privacy Shield, what made it fail, and what do SMEs have to take into account...

Privacy Shield – controversial data transfer agreement between the EU and the US
Internet of Things
The internet of things: The era of networked things
  • Digital law

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...

The internet of things: The era of networked things
Facebook impressums
Impressums for Facebook pages
  • Digital law

When operating a business from an English-speaking country, it’s easy to overlook the finer details of legal requirements overseas. However, if your business also has a base in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland, you will more than likely be required to provide an impressum on your online presences. Failure to do so could lead to disciplinary action, which could have serious consequences for the...

Impressums for Facebook pages
California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
What is the California Consumer Privacy Act?
  • Digital law

The California Consumer Privacy Act, in effect since January 2020, makes it easier for US consumers to control the private information that a company hold on them or shares. If a business is found to be in breach of the CCPA, consumers can now also sue them. Here’s all you need to know about the Act, its major provisions, and what it means for you and your business.

What is the California Consumer Privacy Act?
Geo-blocking ban
Geo-blocking ban: what’s behind the new EU regulation
  • Digital law

Since April 2018, Netflix and Spotify users have been able to use their accounts across borders in the EU. Thanks to the Portability Regulation, geo-blocking technologies used presently will no longer be permitted. With the geo-blocking regulation in December, the ban will also be extended to e-commerce in December in order to strengthen digital domestic trade in the long term.

Geo-blocking ban: what’s behind the new EU regulation
VerpackG – a guide to German packaging law
VerpackG: The new German Packaging Act of 2019
  • Digital law

From 2019, a new packaging law will be enforced in Germany, with implications for international sellers who retail to the German market. Any sellers whose goods come in packaging are required to comply with this new law. The purpose of the law is to make competition fairer and to reduce environmental pollution. The biggest change is that affected companies are required to register centrally. What...

VerpackG: The new German Packaging Act of 2019
Ancillary copyright for press publishers in Europe
Ancillary Copyright for Press Publishers
  • Digital law

Upload filters and ancillary copyright are two changes to EU copyright law that will soon be implemented and are viewed with great concern by internet activists and various associations. This is because ancillary copyright law is criticized for restricting freedom of communication on the Internet, thereby forcing smaller providers and startups out in favor of large corporations, and limiting...

Ancillary Copyright for Press Publishers
Upload filters
Upload filters: a danger to free internet content?
  • Digital law

The redesign of European Union’s copyright laws includes two very controversial acts. What is especially receiving a fair share of criticism though, is the projected commitment of website operators to establish upload filters designed to protect the intellectual property of publishers, film distributors, and those in the music industry. However, according to various critics, upload filters are not...

Upload filters: a danger to free internet content?
Personal data
Everything you need to know about personal data
  • Digital law

What do your e-mail address, eye color, preferred political party, and license plate have in common? They can all be regarded as personal data which companies and cybercriminals can use to draw direct or indirect conclusions about your physical, physiological, genetic, psychological, economic, cultural, or social identity. It goes without saying that this sensitive information must be protected...

Everything you need to know about personal data
Create terms and conditions
Common mistakes when creating terms and conditions
  • Digital law

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...

Common mistakes when creating terms and conditions