What do EU cookie laws mean for you?

EU cookie laws and how they affect your business

Cookies can be helpful business tools, but they often toe the data protection line dangerously. As a result of this tendency towards uncertainty, the EU has introduced a new cookie policy to protect its users. The new policy makes opt-in procedures compulsory, because the user must provide their consent every time. This new policy will affect any US company that does online business with EU...

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...

General Data Protection Regulation: New rules for businesses

General Data Protection Regulation: new laws since the spring of 2018

Since May 25, 2018 a new European law on data protection has been in place. However, many companies and website operators are still unprepared for the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) despite it being relevant to their day-to-day business. On top of this, high fines will be imposed for those violating the regulations. Here we summarize everything worth knowing on the new EU GDPR for...

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.

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 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...

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 site visitors which information they are disclosing about themselves and what this data will be used for. But what kind of information should this declaration contain, what has changed since the new EU General Data Protection Regulation law, and how does this affect companies in the US?

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 canceled, digital possessions need to be transferred, and much more. Those who carefully manage their digital estates throughout their lives are doing...


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