European Union and American officials launch review of Privacy Shield

European and American officials have recently launched the second annual review of the EU-US Privacy Shield. In a joint press release dated 19 October, the governments together reaffirmed “the need for strong privacy enforcement to protect our citizens and ensure trust in the digital economy.” However, the detailed review comes only weeks after the European…

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Employees and the dreaded data subject access request

The right of an individual to obtain copies of their personal data from a company is a key element of the General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (which adopts the GDPR and supplements the GDPR requirements). But when the individual seeking the information is a current employee, it can…

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Postman Pat and… the law of merchandise

Back in 1994 the journalist Nick Davies wrote a fascinating piece about John Cunliffe, the creator of Postman Pat, who has just died. Davies described how Cunliffe sold his rights to his creation: “[Cunliffe] agreed that Woodland Animations could make films and produce merchandise, while he would still have the right to produce books providing they…

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Upcoming reform to German competition law regime?

It is reported that Germany’s Ministry of Economy will consider the results of a study which aimed at boosting the competition law tools available to German competition law authorities to act against companies, particularly in the digital economy. In particular, the study suggested that the threshold for regulatory intervention should be lowered in some cases,…

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Commission clears Hutchison takeover of Wind Tre

The European Commission has cleared CK Hutchison’s takeover of Italian telecoms group, Wind Tre, subject to CK Huthcison agreeing to take full responsibility for the conditions imposed on Wind Tre when it was created. These conditions relate to the completion of spectrum transfer and site divestment, and to the implementation of the national roaming agreement…

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The future of cryptocurrency and sport? UK Premier League football clubs set up Bitcoin wallets in eToro partnership

The 27th season of the Premier League kicked off earlier this month with the revelation that global investment and trading platform eToro had signed first-of-their-kind sponsorship deals with seven high-profile English Premier League clubs. Significantly, the press release confirmed that eToro will not pay for the sponsorship rights in regular ‘fiat’ currency, but in Bitcoin…

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New judgment on the communication to the public right

On 7 August the judgment in Case C-161/17 Land Nordrhein-Westfalen v Dirk Renckhoff was published. The judgment is in response to a preliminary reference which asked the following question: ‘Does the inclusion of a work — which is freely accessible to all internet users on a third-party website with the consent of the copyright holder — on…

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