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On March 26, the parliament of the European Union approved the “Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market”, one of the most heavily disputed legislative acts in EU history. The Directive now has to be approved by the member states in the European Council, which is usually a formality (and will possibly happen on April 9). First published as a draft in 2016 as one of the first activities in the EU’s Digital Single…
While many are still digesting the changes brought about by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a new privacy regulation is already on its way. The Regulation Concerning the Respect for Private Life and the Protection of Personal Data in Electronic Communications – in short, the ePrivacy Regulation  – is currently a draft under discussion (the latest version by the EU Council was published on 13 March 2019). Unlike the GDPR, the draft ePrivacy…
Effective May 25, 2018, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) imposes sweeping new requirements for many website operators that collect and process information about individuals living in the European Economic Area (EEA). U.S. companies with e-commerce and other web activities reaching persons living in the EEA need to understand GDPR, since penalties for violations can reach the greater of four percent of global revenue or EUR 20 million. Continue Reading.
On 5 July 2017, the new German Data Protection Act (BDSG-new) was officially published in the Federal Gazette. BDSG-new will fully replace the current German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and is intended to adjust the German legal framework to the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Both BDSG-new and the GDPR will become effective 25 May 2018. Some of the most important provisions of BDSG-new relate to sensitive data, employee data protection, the…