IT & Internet updates

Austria

Contributed by Schoenherr Attorneys at Law
Draft Data Protection Amendment Act 2018 in appraisal
  • Austria
  • May 30 2017

Approximately one year before the General Data Protection Regulation will come fully into force, the Austrian legislature has officially started a six-week consultation process for the national Data Protection Amendment Act 2018. If and to what extent the legislature will make use of the competencies provided for by the 'opening clauses' in the General Data Protection Regulation is highly relevant to companies, and the amendment act has answered this question.

Ban on most-favoured nation clauses in online travel sector – end of online booking services?
  • Austria
  • November 01 2016

A draft law amending the Federal Act against Unfair Competition 1984 and the Price Labelling Act was recently published for public consultation. The draft law intends to introduce a ban on most-favoured nation clauses in contracts between online travel agencies and hotel operators. Commercially, the draft law puts online travel agencies' business model at risk and may even deter innovation and investments beyond this niche industry.

One and two-character domain names available under ccTLD '.at'
  • Austria
  • September 06 2016

The Austrian registry operator recently initiated the launch process for approximately 5,000 one and two-character domain names under the top-level domain (TLD) '.at'. Owners of trademarks consisting of one or two characters should consider requesting delegation of their short trademarks as domains under the '.at' TLD in order to use them or at least prevent unauthorised third parties from taking advantage of their marks.

BYOD and data protection – incompatible or manageable?
  • Austria
  • March 04 2014

Employers are increasingly keen to introduce a 'bring your own device' (BYOD) policy, which allows them to assign company device management to employees and, by doing so, save manpower and costs on device support and maintenance. However, there is a downside: BYOD involves allowing employees to access (sometimes sensitive) company data through their private devices.

Under pressure: data breach notification must be made within 24 hours
  • Austria
  • August 20 2013

The European Commission recently published a new regulation on the measures applicable to the notification of personal data breaches under the EU Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications. When the regulation enters into force, national rules that are in contradiction to European law must cease to apply. This raises some substantial questions with regard to the application of the Austrian Telecommunications Act.


British Virgin Islands

E-signatures: flexibility in cross-border transactions
  • British Virgin Islands
  • October 11 2016

The European Union's legal framework for e-signatures recently came into effect via the eIDAS Regulation. The British Virgin Islands was one of the first jurisdictions to recognise the validity of e-signatures and electronic records. Along with other BVI statutory developments, the BVI Electronic Transactions Act 2001 provides flexibility in cross-border transactions involving BVI companies.


Chile

More than half a million '.cl' domain names registered
  • Chile
  • June 14 2016

NIC Chile, which administers the '.cl' domain name, recently announced that as of May 30 2016, 508,893 '.cl' domain names had been registered. According to NIC Chile's director, one of the domain name's strengths has been its acceptance at a local level following the decision of several national and international companies and services to develop their internet profile through '.cl' domains.


China

Hangzhou Internet Court inaugurated
  • China
  • September 26 2017

The Hangzhou Internet Court was recently inaugurated. It has first-instance jurisdiction over a range of disputes, including contract disputes arising from online shopping services and small loans, disputes over internet copyright ownership and infringement, and product liability claims for goods purchased online. This move comes after the Supreme People's Court piloted a programme in May 2017 which granted the Hangzhou Railway Transport Court jurisdiction over five categories of internet-related civil cases.


France

Digital life after death
  • France
  • December 22 2015

During their lifetimes people have the right to access, modify and delete their digital data. However, these rights attach to the person, and do not continue when he or she dies. In response to this issue, the government has published the Bill for a Digital Republic, which proposes to allow a person to "set instructions relating to the retention and disclosure of his/her personal data after his/her death".