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California’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris, has required Houzz, a home décor information and e-commerce website and mobile app publisher, to hire a chief privacy officer (CPO), conduct a company-wide privacy assessment, and...more
Selling firearms and related accessories through e-commerce poses a unique challenge to vendors selling products online. Complex compliance issues are present in each transaction because every item must be sold in compliance...more
Powerful new computational technology pioneered in e-commerce presents Chinese regulators with potential concerns and solutions to the perennial problem of information, pricing, and settlement capacity.
Firearms sales continue their upward trend, with National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) checks indicating that 2014 sales of firearms in the United States exceeded 2012 numbers, and fell just short of 2013’s...more
The list of companies hit by cyber-attacks continues to grow. This time, Florida-based web hosting company, Web.com, has announced that it suffered a data breach that may have compromised credit card information and other...more
Offshore e-commerce service providers should make themselves aware of changes to Japanese law that affect their operations.
Pursuant to a recent amendment of the Consumption Tax Act, a new Registration of Foreign...more
In today’s world, consumer data is a huge asset for companies across all industries, in particular those in technology-focused spaces like social media, apps, wearables, and retailers involved in e-commerce. The value of such...more
Businesses and governments are beginning to recognize the critical importance of online identity management, as previously reported, and as a result we are starting to see a strong push for legislation governing this topic....more
On June 19, 2015, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”) promulgated a new policy, Opinions on Lifting Restrictions on the Foreign Equity Ratio for Online Data Processing and Transaction Processing...more
The Strategy contains several key actions under three pillars and the Commission will set out to make a number of relevant legislative proposals in this regard. As a first step to implement the Strategy, also on 6 May 2015,...more
Over the last 20 years, since the introduction of the electronic land registry system, real estate in Ontario has slowly been making its way into the electronic age. On July 1st, 2015 another step was taken. All real estate...more
This is the first in a series of monthly EU regulatory briefs - summarising key regulatory developments across a number of sectors in the EU.
Antitrust and Competition -
The European Commission launches an...more
On July 4, 2015, the federal government released amended regulations (Regulations) under the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCMLTFA).
While there are some additional regulatory burdens...more
Three developments in the last two months suggest websites face greater liability for content authored by third parties in the European Union—including reader comments, posts on message boards and social networks, and search...more
On 24 June 2015, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) was defeated in its first attempt at convincing a jury to convict individuals for the UK criminal “cartel offence”. The jury was not persuaded that the two...more
In this Issue:
- IRS Issues Guidance on Portability:
The IRS recently issued final regulations that provide guidance on the federal estate and gift tax applicable exclusion amount, in general, as well as the...more
The Chinese e-commerce industry is rapidly expanding, and the nation is the world’s second largest online retail market. The business-to-consumer industry in particular is expected to see record growth in the next few years....more
On June 16, the Online Trust Alliance, an industry group focused on developing and encouraging best practices in online security and privacy, announced that a recent audit of approximately 1,000 websites showed that 46%...more
The state of Tennessee recently enacted the Revenue Modernization Act (the "Act"). According to the state, while the legislation does not introduce any new taxes, it should raise revenue and create an even playing field in...more
Compared to other countries, Germany lags behind when it comes to free Wi-Fi spots. A recent study conducted by the Association of the German Internet Industry has shown that of around one million public hotspots in Germany...more
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) recently revised the Interpretative Guidelines on Electronic Commerce and Information Property Trading (Guidelines), which apply to all online business operations in...more
E-commerce is the fastest growing retail market in Europe. Compound annual growth is currently running at around 12 percent per annum, predicted to result in an online retail market worth €233.9 billion (approximately US$262...more
UK: Tweaks to rules on sales promotions and competitions - The UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) has introduced changes to the provisions of its advertising code which deal with the running of...more
Legal documents of all kinds – everything from wills and trusts to commercial sales agreements – often reference other documents. This “incorporation by reference” comes with certain risks. Historically, courts looked beyond...more
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