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Posted in Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy, Policy & Regulation

Privacy and Cybersecurity KnowledgeShare event: Sept 19, London

Join us on Thursday 19 September for our Privacy and Cybersecurity KnowledgeShare in London. We’ll share our latest thinking on the key privacy and cybersecurity issues faced by those with data protection responsibilities within organisations. Our all-day event will cover a lot of ground through incisive quick-fire presentations, Q&A panels and hands-on workshops.

Topics will include:

  • Nailing the basics –
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Posted in Advertising, Data Protection & Privacy, Digital Single Market (EU) Christelle Coslin

Hosting providers of websites are not as such data controllers and only incur limited liability, French Court of Appeal says

In a decision dated March 1st, 2019, the Paris Court of Appeal reminded that specific conditions must be met for hosting providers to be held liable in case of unlawful content. The French court also ruled that hosting providers are not data controllers per se and, as such, are not subject to obligations under the Data Protection Act.

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Posted in e-commerce, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Technology Christian Ritz

Digital competition policy on the move: Price algorithms in the German Monopolies Commission’s spotlight – European Commission launches consultation process

Price algorithms are clearly the “talk of the town” in the European competition law community these days. Just last week, the German Monopolies Commission published a report in which it discusses potential anti-competitive effects of price algorithms and proposes far-reaching amendments to the competition law enforcement framework. Meanwhile, the European Commission has announced a consultation process with a view towards … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Telecoms & Broadband Paul OttoTimothy Tobin

NTIA Highlights Promise and Policy Challenges of IoT, Seeks Additional Comments

On January 12, 2017, prior to the new administration taking power, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) within the Department of Commerce (Department) released a Green Paper on “Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things,” which assesses the technological and policy landscape of the Internet of Things (IoT). The Green Paper is expansive in scope, reflecting the broad … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Policy & Regulation Julie Brill

Strengthening international ties can support increased convergence of privacy regimes

The internet has become today’s global trade route, and personal data is one of its major currencies. The growth in the digital economy is impressive. One study found that economic activity taking place over the internet is growing at 10% per year within the G-20 group of nations. In the United States alone, one estimate found that companies exported nearly … Continue Reading

Posted in Technology Falk SchoeningKay Jebelli

European Commission eyes new European rules for Big Data and Competition law

Earlier today Margarethe Vestager, the European Competition Commissioner, delivered a speech about Big Data and Competition law. The Commissioner made several key points that emphasize the growing economic and competitive significance of data and data aggregation. More importantly, the Commissioner announces that she will propose a new EU Directive to ensure the consistent application of competition law on big … Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU) Oliver Wilson

The DSM and e-commerce reforms: the consumer rules

Towards the end of 2015 the European Commission delivered two proposals for reforms to the EU’s e-commerce regulatory landscape (the “Draft Directives”):

  • a proposal for a directive to harmonize rules regarding the supply of digital content (the “Digital Content Directive”); and
  • a proposal for a directive to harmonize rules regarding the distance sale of goods (the “Distance Goods Directive”).

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Posted in Digital Single Market (EU) Jan Blockx

DSM Watch: Commission proposal on geo-blocking regulation published

On 25 May 2016, the Commission published a package of five proposals aimed at implementing its Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy (see our blog describing the package). The DSM strategy contains 16 aligned initiatives in a variety of fields such as telecommunications, consumer rights and Big Data, each of which is intended to bring the EU one step closer … Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU)

DSM Watch: European Commission releases key digital market proposals

The European Commission today released five long-awaited digital market proposals:

  1. The draft amendment to Europe’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive. This amendment would broaden the scope of audiovisual regulation by including new forms of short videos. It would impose a 20% minimum European content on VOD providers, and allow European Member States to tax some VOD services to support national
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Posted in Internet Christine GateauPauline Faron

French “platform” regime: The saga continues after the adoption by the French Senate of the Digital Bill

On 3 May 2016, the French Senate adopted a new version of the French Digital Bill.  Below is what you should know about it, bearing in mind that this saga is not over yet as the Bill will now have to be reviewed by a Joint Committee composed of Senators and Deputies, in the next coming weeks.

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Posted in Digital Single Market (EU)

US Live Event – Digital Single Market: Bringing Down Online Barriers and the Future of Copyright

Digital technologies are transforming our world and shaping a new landscape in several areas of law, including copyright, data privacy, and consumer transactions. Please join Hogan Lovells as we discuss the European Commission’s ambitious Digital Single Market strategy and what it means for US companies with digital presence in the EU. Our panelists, from key European jurisdictions, will take a … Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU), Telecoms & Broadband Charlie Hawes

DSM Watch: Commission’s new action plan for standards in 5G, IoT, Cybersecurity, Cloud and Big Data

On 19 April 2016 the European Commission published its Communication ‘ICT Standardisation Priorities for the Digital Single Market‘. The Communication was part of the wider ‘Digitising European Industry’ announcement on 19 April – read our blog here for full details of what was announced.

The ICT Priorities Communication thrusts into the limelight an obscure but vitally important area of … Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU) Alberto Bellan

DSM Watch: Online platforms – Commission communication to be the next major milestone on the road to a Digital Single Market

The EU Commission looks set next month to release a new communication providing policy guidelines as to the direction it wishes to take for on-line platforms. While the official Communication is scheduled to be released in mid-May, Statewatch.org has just made available a draft version (tentatively dated 25 May) entitled “Online Platforms and the Digital Single Market – Opportunities and … Continue Reading

Posted in e-commerce, Internet Christine GateauWinston MaxwellPauline Faron

French Digital Bill: what obligations are imposed on platforms?

In our previous update, which can be found here, on the French bill “for a Digital Republic” (“Digital Bill”), we discussed the vague notion of platforms.

Here is what you should know about the obligations which are likely to be imposed on platforms.

Loyalty obligation

First of all, the Digital Bill only provides a duty of loyalty and transparency … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Policy & Regulation, Telecoms & Broadband Timothy TobinMark BrennanMichele FarquharJulie Brill

NTIA Commences Internet of Things Proceeding

On April 5, 2016, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) initiated an inquiry to review the potential benefits and challenges presented by the Internet of Things (IoT). In its Notice and request for public comment (RFC), NTIA is seeking input on the current IoT technological and policy landscape with a goal of developing recommendations—in the form of a Green … Continue Reading

Posted in e-commerce, Internet Christine GateauPauline Faron

French Digital Bill: To be or not to be a platform?

After several months of public consultations, several versions of intermediate texts, the long-awaited bill “for a Digital Republic” (“Digital Bill”) was finally transmitted to the Council of Ministers last 9 December 2015 and officially presented to the French National Assembly.

An amended version of the Digital Bill was then adopted by the National Assembly in first reading on 26 January … Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU) Alastair ShawDiana Ettig

DSM Watch: EU Commission launches consultation on neighbouring rights for publishers and on ‘panorama exception’

The European Commission recently launched a new public consultation on the role of publishers in the copyright value chain and on the so-called ‘panorama exception’. Interested parties, and in particular those involved in the publishing sector and the digital economy are invited to comment on the 23 questions raised by the Commission before the consultation closes on 15th June … Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU), e-commerce Oliver Wilson

UK Government workshop on EU digital contract proposals

DSM Watch: on 24 February the UK Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) organised a conference in London on the European Commission’s proposals under its Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy for the directive for distance sales of goods and the directive for the sale of digital content.  Our DSM Task Force team is a multi-jurisdiction, cross-practice group working … Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU) Alastair ShawDiana Ettig

DSM Watch: Towards a modern European copyright framework (Part 4): Creating a fairer marketplace

This fourth blog in a series of five looks at the European Commission’s plans for “Creating a fairer marketplace”.

Background

The Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy – presented in May 2015 – contains 16 initiatives in a variety of fields such as telecommunication, consumer rights and Big Data, each of which is intended to bring us one step closer to … Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU) Alastair ShawDiana Ettig

DSM Watch: Towards a modern European copyright framework (Part 3): copyright exceptions

Our third post in a series of five looks at the areas the European Commission has targeted for change in relation to copyright exceptions.

Background

The Commission’s Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy – presented in May 2015 – contains 16 initiatives in a variety of fields such as telecommunication, consumer rights and Big Data, each of which is intended to … Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU) Charlie Hawes

DSM Watch: EU Commission publishes initial results of geo-blocking and online platforms public consultations

Last week the Commission released a summary of the responses received in two of the three public consultations launched in September 2015, in what was the opening salvo of concrete policy initiatives under the Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy.

The geo-blocking consultation sought evidence on the effect of technical barriers and other unjustified restrictions imposed by websites and online service … Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU) Alastair ShawDiana Ettig

DSM Watch: Towards a modern European copyright framework (Part 2)

As the second of a series of five, this blog post focuses on the first legislative proposal for European copyright reform: the proposal for a regulation on ensuring the cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market.

Background

The Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy – presented in May 2015 – contains 16 initiatives in a variety of fields … Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU) Alastair ShawDiana Ettig

DSM Watch: European Parliament votes for “Towards a Digital Single Market Act”

In its latest plenary session, the European Parliament (EP) adopted the resolution “Towards a Digital Single Market Act” (see press release). The resolution of 19 January 2016 forms the response to the Commission Digital Single Market Strategy (DSM) as announced in last May and pursued ever since.

Background

When the EU Commission published its DSM Strategy in … Continue Reading