California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

What is the California Consumer Privacy Act?

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.

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...

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...

Personal data

Everything you need to know about personal data

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...

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...

Linking restrictions due to ECJ judgement

'Playboy' judgement restricts the freedom to link

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,...


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