General Data Protection Regulation: new laws from 2018

On 25 May 2018 a new European law on data protection will take effect. However, many companies and website operators are unprepared for the new...

General Data Protection Regulation: new laws from 2018

On 25 May 2018 a new European law on data protection will take effect. However, many companies and website operators are unprepared for the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) despite it being relevant to their day-to-day business. On top of this, high fines will be imposed for those violating the regulations. Here we summarize everything worth knowing on the new EU GDPR for [...]   

EU cookie laws and how they affect your business

Online cookies used to track behavior online are commonplace in the modern internet world, serving many functions, from storing login information to telling websites which pages you visit. In 2011, EU member states implemented their respective cookie policies, dictated by amendments made in 2009 to the EU directive for privacy and data protection online. But what do these rules mean for UK [...]   

Data protection in e-commerce

Data protection and security in the area of e-commerce can be particularly tricky. Users are constantly leaving behind traces online - regardless of whether they are making online orders or simply surfing the web. Consumer data can be of great interest to businesses. It gives them the opportunity to advertise and make offers to potential customers. But which data are you actually allowed to [...]   

Interim injunctions in e-commerce and how to react

Internet law is an extensive and complex concept. Anyone who fails to pay attention in e-commerce can easily run the risk of violating copyright, trademark, or competition rights, and promptly find themselves on the receiving end of an interim injunction. Our review article will explain what this legal proceeding means, how to go about procuring one, and what options you have when reacting to one. [...]   

Hosting your website in the EU

There are boundaries when it comes to linking. These boundaries have now been officially confirmed by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in its judgement on the September 8th, 2016. Website operators that place hyperlinks with commercial intent are obliged to check the legality of the online content that is being linked to. According to the ECJ, private internet users aren’t expected to check, [...]   

Copyright law in e-commerce

Legal disputes don’t necessarily have to be settled in court. In many cases, copyright law-related issues can be resolved outside of court using a cease-and-desist letter. In this guide, we provide an overview of what you should include in an official warning as well as a guide to responding to legal warnings.   

EU-US Privacy Shield: What the replacement for Safe Harbor means for us

What is the Privacy Shield? The Safe Harbor Agreement’s successor raises questions for many stakeholders in the EU. Even if clear rules for data storage have been assured, there are still countless exceptions. However, the provisions for data storage are particularly important for online companies. This text provides an overview of the EU-US Privacy Shield agreement, which aims to establish legal [...]   

Deleting personal data with Google

The internet never forgets – is it always true? In some cases, search engines are obliged to grant users permission to delete defamatory search results. If Google displays personal data that is outdated or of no interest to the public, users can request the search engine to delete links to that data from the results pages permanently. But what exactly is the ‘Right to be Forgotten’ act, and when [...]   

Design patents: protecting your design idea

Ever wondered why no products ever have the same shape and ornamentation, even when it comes to everyday items like toilet paper or bottles of beer? The answer lies in design patents. They may be less common than traditional utility patents, copyrights, or trademarks, but design patent applications have led to many high-profile court cases in recent years. But what exactly are design patents, how [...]   

Sale contract negotiation: The laws of e-commerce

Most people don’t spend much time reading into laws and paragraphs of legal jargon. But for online business it is extremely important to know your rights and obligations, both as a merchant and as a customer. Even for simple matters such as an online sale contract, there are some regulations which differ from physical retail. The law has laid out some important duties for online merchants that are [...]