Geo-blocking ban

Geo-blocking ban: what’s behind the new EU regulation

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.

What do EU cookie laws mean for you?

EU cookie laws and how they affect your business

Online cookies used to track behaviour online are commonplace in the modern internet world, serving many functions, from storing login information to telling websites which pages you visit. In 2011, EU member states implemented their respective cookie policies, dictated by amendments made in 2009 to the EU directive for privacy and data protection online. But what do these rules mean for UK...

VerpackG – a guide to German packaging law

VerpackG: The new German Packaging Act of 2019

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...

Ancillary copyright for press publishers in Europe

Ancillary Copyright for Press Publishers

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

Upload filters

Upload filters: a danger to free internet content?

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...

Deleting a Google result and protecting personal data

Deleting personal data with Google

The internet never forgets – is it always true? In some cases, search engines are obliged to grant users permission to delete defamatory search results. If Google displays personal data that is outdated or of no interest to the public, users can request the search engine to delete links to that data from the results pages permanently. But what exactly is the ‘Right to be Forgotten’ act, and when...

Gain users’ confidence with a privacy policy

Getting a privacy policy for your website

An important part of a website that many operators underestimate is the privacy policy. This notifies the site visitors what information they are disclosing about themselves and what this data will be used for. But what kind of information should this declaration contain and what has changed since the new General Data Protection Regulation law and the Data Protection Act 2018?

Digital legacy

Digital legacy

Digital legacy is the term used to describe the majority of electronic information left behind by a person in the event of their death. Online profiles in social networks must be deleted or converted into memorial pages, current contracts need to be cancelled, digital possessions need to be transferred, and much more. Those who carefully manage their digital estates throughout their lives are...

Personal data

Everything you need to know about personal data

What do your e-mail address, eye colour, 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...

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...


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