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Digital Business Lawyer

Volume: 14 Issue: 12
(December 2012)


The twelve day World Conference on International Telecommunications, which will discuss proposals to increase the remit of the United Nation’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to include the internet, began on 3 December, amidst widespread concern that the move could limit online freedoms. / read more

The EC Commission adopted on 29 November a Green Paper consultation entitled ‘An integrated parcel delivery market for the growth of e-commerce in the EU,’ which aims to improve cross-border services, following the Commission’s findings that only 9% of EU consumers buy cross-border goods online. / read more

China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce (AIC) announced on 27 November the development of a unified national oversight and management system for online product transactions in China. / read more


ICANN’s Government Advisory Committee (GAC) has now responded to the application process for top-level website domain names (gTLDs), publishing in late November a list of over 250 objections to the gTLD applications that ICANN has received. The gTLD applications have been tendered by giants such as Google and Apple as well as much smaller companies too, and each requests the exclusive use of a domain name string, such as ‘.search’ (applied for by Google) or ‘.rugby’ (requested by DotRugby Limited, who are considerably less famous). / read more

The UK's national advertising watchdog has announced a new cookie control regime featuring compulsory links to an approved 'Do not track' mechanism, co-operation by advertisers benefiting from behavioural targeting and ‘explicit consent’ for the most intrusive forms of tracking. In launching this scheme, reports Stephen Groom, Head of Marketing and Privacy Law at Osborne Clarke, the ASA has gone further than the current legal regime and created more regulatory hurdles for the online advertising ecosystem / read more

The EU's Digital Agenda, with its aim of create a digital single market by 2015, is driving massive legislative change. Veronica Bailey, a Practice Development Lawyer at Bond Pearce LLP, outlines the objectives of the Digital Agenda across the multiple sectors covered by the EU's plans, as well as the new legislation contained within the Digital Agenda. / read more

The US Telephone Consumer Protection Act presents a complex regulatory landscape for a wide array of industry sectors using text messages and automated dialing systems to interact with consumers. Michele C. Farquhar and Mark W. Brennan, of Hogan Lovells US LLP, discuss the challenges presented to businesses by the Act and the clarity provided by the courts. / read more

As the EU engages in finding a balance between data protection and consumers' expectations in accessing new and innovative online services, Jakob Kucharczyk, Director of the Brussels office of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), explains why more attention should be paid to enacting a regulatory framework that ensures that innovation and the data economy are not inhibited. / read more

Simon Fuller speaks to Tom Walker, Community Manager of social media management company Tempero, about the challenges of moderating content in order to protect children online. / read more

The Canadian Government stands poised to bring into force a new anti-spam law that will generally prohibit the sending of messages without prior opt-in consent. David B. Elder, of Counsel at Stikeman Elliott, analyses the provisions and exclusions with the new law. / read more

Three key cases from the latest issue of our sister publication, E-Commerce Law Reports: DCM (Optical Holdings) Ltd v. Sasha Rodoy; Social Media: Matthew Woods; and the Eastman Kodak Co patent dispute. / read more

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The monthly publication providing authoritative insights and thought leadership on the legal/regulatory issues affecting online business, covering distance selling, contracts, domain names, adblocking, advertising, cloud computing, net neutrality, e-privacy, data protection, cyber crime, the Internet of Things, social media, internet taxation and software / read more

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