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Updating the AVMS Directive: making VoD services pay?

Our latest client alert on the European Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy sets out some of the key aspects of the most recent proposal from the Commission relating to the Audiovisual Media Services Directive and...more

New EU e-Commerce rules are set to facilitate online buying and selling in the single market

On 25 May 2016, and following an in-depth sector inquiry and consultation period, the European Commission (“EC”) published proposals for a set of new e-Commerce rules. The EC believes that this three-pronged strategy will...more

Alert: European Commission Announces Initiative Package

As noted in earlier alerts from May and October, the European Commission is in the process of implementing a wide-ranging strategy to create a genuine 'Digital Single Market' across the EU. Essentially, the Commission's...more

European Commission Unveils New Digital Single Market Proposals

The Commission’s proposals aim to drive cross-border e-commerce in the EU and level the regulatory field across audiovisual media services and online platforms. On 25 May 2016 the European Commission (Commission)...more

The Network and Information Security Directive: Serious Cyber Attacks Will Require Notification

The Council of the European Union adopted the EU Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive (the ‘Directive’) 17 May, ready for final adoption by the European Parliament. The Directive, initially proposed in 2013, has...more

Social Media Competitions in the UK: Play Fair

With 1.65 billion users on Facebook, 332 million users on Twitter and 400 million on Instagram, it is unsurprising that many companies are seeking to increase brand awareness and customer engagement by running competitions...more

Galloway v Frazer & Others – A glimpse to the future of data protection litigation

On 27 January, the High Court of Northern Ireland granted British MP George Galloway leave to serve proceedings on Google Inc. out of the jurisdiction. The application was based on a variety of claims including libel,...more

New Encryption Guidance Published by the ICO

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has released updated guidance on the use of encryption. The guidance highlights that in many areas, the ICO expects encryption software to be used, and in the future where data...more

South Korea Sharpens the Teeth of Its Privacy Law

The Act on the Promotion of Information Communication Network Utilization and Information Protection (“PICNUIA”) has been amended to include potential punitive damages for South Korean businesses that provide services over...more

Weekly Web Wrap-Up

Friend a Bot on Facebook? Messenger Launches Business Chatbots - At Facebook’s annual developers conference F8 this week, Facebook confirmed that Messenger will allow brands and companies to build bots that interact...more

All retailers must adopt new EU online dispute platform — does your UK website comply?

Since 15 February 2016, all EU retailers who sell online should have complied with the rules of the EU’s new online dispute resolution (“ODR”) platform. Compliance is mandatory for all retailers — from small independent shops...more

In the Global War for Data Privacy, Germany, France and Norway Launch First Strikes under ‘The Shield’

In the comic book world, one is often either a DC person or a Marvel person. In the data privacy world, one could say the European Court of Justice ruling last fall inspired the switch from DC’s Aquaman’s (Safe) Harbor to...more

EU Commission maintains close scrutiny of retail geo-blocking

On the 18th of March 2016, the EU Commission published initial findings from its e-commerce sector inquiry. The initial findings show a widespread use of geo-blocking throughout retailers in the EU. The findings reaffirm the...more

Information Commissioner’s Office issues updated guidance on Direct Marketing

At the end of March, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued updated guidance on the law in relation to Direct Marketing. The ICO notes in its accompanying blog post that the law applies “equally to any and all...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - March 2016

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine the FCC's proposed privacy rules for broadband providers; new developments relating to the Privacy Shield, which was created to replace the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor...more

IP Litigation Insider - March 2016

Are Ex Parte Reexaminations An Overlooked Method of Challenging Patents? In the wake of the September 16, 2011, enactment of the America Invents Act ("AIA"), many third-party individuals and organizations began utilizing...more

According to the Paris Court of Appeal, the Jurisdiction Clause in Facebook’s Terms and Conditions Is Not Enforceable Against a...

References: Paris Court of Appeal, judgment rendered on 12 February 2016, docket # 15/08624 In a 12 February 2016 decision, the Paris Court of Appeal ruled that the jurisdiction clause provided for in Facebook’s general...more

New Labeling Requirements and Production Standards Apply to All Alcoholic Beverages Imported, Manufactured, and Sold in Mexico

Executive Summary - In response to the growing issue of alcohol abuse in Mexico and the related health problems associated with alcohol abuse, the Mexican government implemented revised labeling requirements and...more

Electronic marketing’s Internet twist: Use e-mail, not faxes or texts

The name of the CAN-SPAM Act scares some people. They think it severely regulates, or maybe even prohibits, e-mail marketing. In a somewhat surprising twist of Internet law, however, e-mail marketing is less heavily regulated...more

"German Competition Regulator Investigates Facebook for Alleged Violation of Data Protection Laws"

The German Federal Cartel Office (the FCO) has announced that it has initiated proceedings against Facebook for the company’s alleged abuse of its dominant position in a market for social networks. The FCO appears to...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from January 15, 2015 – February 15, 2016. LAR is quickly embracing consumer-right-to-know initiatives through a host of new proposed labeling and product claims standards....more

Advertising Law - February 2016 #3

EU, U.S. Reach Data Deal—Not a Harbor, but a Shield - After the deadline expired to reach a deal on a new Safe Harbor for the transatlantic transfer of data, the European Union and the United States reached an agreement...more

Google to Honor EU Privacy Requests Globally

In a huge concession, Google has agreed to apply globally the "right to be forgotten" take-down requests of EU residents. Officially, Google says the 2014 EU privacy requirement should apply only to EU-directed services such...more

Retail closer than ever to competition authorities’ hearts

Following a number of European Commission sector inquiries (which included investigations into the energy, financial services and pharmaceuticals sectors), the competition authorities at both European and national levels have...more

International Food Law Gazette - January 2016

FDA Approves First Genetically Modified Food-Producing Animal - On November 19, 2015, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new animal drug application (NADA) that authorizes the marketing of...more

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