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The Ins and Outs of Geoblocking

Geoblocking has become a controversial topic. The European Commission sees unjustified geoblocking as an impediment to the Digital Single Market. There is a broader...

Drone Deregulation Dawns in Australia – Written by Hamish Fraser, Bird & Bird, Sydney

A new era of drone deregulation has dawned, reducing the red tape surround the use of smaller remotely piloted aircraft across Australia. The Civil Aviation...

BLOCKCHAIN – ENFORCEMENT ISSUES? (WRITTEN BY HAMISH FRASER, BIRD & BIRD)

As a society, we place many things in the hands of trusted authorities and it’s not always appropriate (or even possible) to remove them....

Big data – bigger contracts?

Understanding the many actors in the data value chain Companies and organisations in Europe are increasingly becoming aware of the potential competitive advantages timely and...

Big data, small problem. Is the antitrust toolkit compatible for data?

Debate is rife over the role that competition law could or should play in the world of data. Opinions from authorities, lawyers and economists...

Net Neutrality: The 10 key points to know about the BEREC draft Guidelines

On 6 June 2016, BEREC (the “Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications”) issued a first proposal of ‘Guidelines on Net Neutrality’ (PDF),  following...
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Self-driving cars and open source – what about GPLv3 and anti-tivoization?

Every year in April, I, Martin von Haller, participate in FSFE European Legal conference. A conference where open source, legal nerds from universities, law firms and...

Dutch regulator ACM opens consultation on online reviews

The Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) recently opened a consultation with regard to online reviews. The background of this consultation is the fact...

Implications of BREXIT for Tech Businesses In the UK and Europe

The implications of today's BREXIT vote in the UK are momentous and far from clear. Tech businesses with operations in the UK and Europe will...

The right to object

The future General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") is good news for individuals – because they will be given additional and more powerful rights. This blog...

The right to be forgotten

The new General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") introduces "the right to be forgotten". The right will in certain circumstances enable the individual to control...

IFCLA Conference – 9 + 10 June: Some tough issues to think about

The IFCLA (International Federation of Computer Law Associations) conference last Thursday and Friday was provocative in the sense that it provoked lots of debate. It...
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Keep control of your personal data

The new personal data regulation is good news for individuals – as there will be more and strengthened rights. This is, for instance, the...

The new Net Neutrality Regulation: Part 3 of 3 – Enforcement and what’s next

This article is part of a series. Click here to read part 1 (The basics). Click here to read part 2 (Exceptions, Justifications and Special Services). In...

The new Net Neutrality Regulation: Part 2 of 3 – Exceptions, Justifications and Special...

  When the TSM Regulation with new binding rules for Net Neutrality was adopted, many activists claimed that the new rules were more an “abolition”...

The new Net Neutrality Regulation: Part 1 of 3 – The basics

On 27 October 2015, the European Parliament has adopted the so-called “TSM”-Regulation (“TSM” is for “Telecommunications Singe Market”). One of the two main parts...

Digital Single Market: Opening the EU to digital business or restricting the market?

Roger Bickerstaff, Bird &Bird LLP, President IFCLA is speaking on the DSM at the IFCLA conference on 9th and 10th June 2016 (see www.IFCLA2016.com).    The paper...

No right to derogation

There has been a lot of talk about the extended rights of the new General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") for individuals and the possibility...

Digital Single Market: two new directive proposals for consumer contracts on digital content and...

At the end of 2015, the European Commission published two directive proposals. These proposals see to the supply of digital content (COM (2015) 634)...

From Industry 4.0 to Energy 4.0: Future Business Models and Legal Relations

Digitisation is affecting more and more industries. While energy has been key to all industrial revolution so far, not all parts of the energy...