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Digital Business Lawyer

Volume: 9 Issue: 12
(December 2007)


Retailers have welcomed the European Commission's decision to prohibit MasterCard's cross-border Multilateral Interchange Fees (MIF), however payment organisations have warned that it could stifle investment in payments systems and increase credit card charges, without reducing retail prices. / read more

E-Commerce Law & Policy is organising a Special Briefing on multisourcing at the London offices of Herbert Smith LLP on 21 February. / read more

Data Protection and privacy professionals have welcomed the launch this month of DataGuidance Europe and DataGuidance UK.

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While e-commerce will welcome the European Commission's decision to prohibit MasterCard's Multilateral Interchange Fee (MIF) as it will reduce their cost in making a cross-border credit card sale, it is important not to lose sight of the bigger picture. / read more

New report highlights risks of social networking sites (SNSs)
Courts find credit card suppliers liable for overseas purchases
First cross-EU 'sweep check' of airline ticket websites
Dates for your diary / read more

The European Commission has adopted proposals for a reform of the current electronic communications framework, designed to complete the single market in electronic communications. Natasha Hobday, a partner with Olswang, examines the current framework, the Commission's reasons for reform and its proposals. / read more

Vast amounts of satellite and aerial imagery of major urban centers have been available on the World Wide Web for some time. For the most part, this imagery consists of overhead pictures of moderate resolution. The highest resolution currently available clearly shows that people are present, but it is nearly impossible to identify any of these individuals. Recent developments in three dimensional (3D) mapping technology have changed the dynamic. Today, the collection and instantaneous online transmission of photographs of the places where we live, shop, study and work represents one of the newest threats to personal privacy. / read more

As 2007 draws to a close, we asked regular contributors to E-Commerce Law & Policy what they feel will be the key issues for e-commerce companies during 2008. Their views are set out in this article. / read more

Virtual worlds have evolved to the point where it will soon be possible to 'passport' an avatar or virtual property from, for example, Second Life to World of Warcraft. Sean F. Kane, an attorney with Drakeford & Kane LLC, examines issues around ownership of virtual property that must be resolved before this can happen effectively. / read more

The explosion of user generated content sites, where users post content onto a website without it first being checked by an editor, has led to increased challenges for privacy professionals involved in the internet sector. Margaret Tofalides and Lauren Orakwusi, of Addleshaw Goddard LLP, examine terms of use employed by social networking sites, liability of such sites for user generated content under European law, and procedures for removal of content that infringes a person's privacy rights. / read more

Christopher Rees, Head of the Herbert Smith LLP Global TMT group and Dominic Callaghan, senior associate, provide an overview of the latest key developments in IT and eCommerce in the EU. / read more

Consumer credit: 'OFT v Lloyds TSB et al'
Fraud: 'Renault UK v Fleetpro'
Trademarks: 'Erdmann' / read more

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