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.
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
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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