Digital Changes

E-commerce The EU e-commerce legislation provides a common EU wide basis for the provision of information society services throughout the European Union. They are broadly services provided wholly over the Internet. There are strong principles which provide for the exclusive regulation of such providers in their home EU state. This is to facilitate the provision […]

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VAT E-Commerce 2021

Modernising VAT for cross-border e-commerce Latest news The VAT e-commerce package is now fully complete with adoption on 12 February 2020 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/194. This Regulation provides the details for the registration in the VAT One Stop Shop, including the Import One Stop Shop, and for the VAT One Stop Shop return. On […]

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E-Privacy

Unsolicited Communications to (Persons) I A person shall not use or cause to be used any publicly available electronic communications service to send to a subscriber or user who is a natural person an unsolicited communication for the purpose of direct marketing by means of— an automated calling machine, a facsimile machine, or electronic mail, […]

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Distance Contracts

EU Consumer Rights Directive The Consumer Rights Directive 2011 modifies and supplements the law set out in the earlier Distance Selling and Doorstep Contracts Regulations.  There are five principal categories of transaction to which the regulations are applicable; contracts for the sale of goods; contracts for the supply of services; contracts for the supply of […]

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Information Society Services

Directive on Information Society Services The EU Directive on e-commerce facilitates the sale of goods and supply of services over the internet within the EU. It is designed to contribute to the proper functioning of the internal EU market by ensuring free movement of “information society services” between member states.  The Directive covers online activity […]

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E-Commerce

Overview E-Commerce is business conducted over the internet.  For the most part, the general legal rules apply to E-Commerce.  The law of contract, the Sale of Goods Act and the consumer protection rules apply in the same broad way, as they apply to conventional transactions. In the early part of the century, a number of […]

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Digital Services Guidance

Overview Delivering the deal negotiated with the EU remains the government’s top priority. This has not changed. However, the government must prepare for every eventuality, including a no deal scenario. For 2 years, the government has been implementing a significant programme of work to ensure that the UK is prepared to leave the EU on 29 […]

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EU Withdrawal Note .EU Domain Name

Brussels, 28 March 2018 NOTICE TO STAKEHOLDERS EU RULES ON .EU DOMAIN NAMES The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This means that, unless a ratified withdrawal agreement1 establishes another date, all Union primary […]

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EU Withdrawal Note E-Signatures

Brussels, 21 March 2018 NOTICE TO STAKEHOLDERS ELECTRONIC IDENTIFICATION AND TRUST SERVICES FOR ELECTRONIC TRANSACTIONS The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This means that, unless a ratified withdrawal agreement1 establishes another date, all […]

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EU Withdrawal Note Electronic Communiciations

Brussels, 12 March 2018 NOTICE TO STAKEHOLDERS ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This means that, unless a ratified withdrawal agreement1 establishes another date, all Union primary and secondary law will […]

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EU Withdrawal Note Network Security

Brussels, 12 March 2018 NOTICE TO STAKEHOLDERS SECURITY OF NETWORK AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This means that, unless a ratified withdrawal agreement1 establishes another date, all Union primary […]

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EU Withdrawal Note E-Commerce

NOTICE TO STAKEHOLDERS 7 March 2018 ELECTRONIC COMMERCE AND NET NEUTRALITY The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This means that, unless a ratified withdrawal agreement1 establishes another date, all Union primary and secondary […]

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E-Commerce Rules 2021 UK Guidance

Guidance The eCommerce Directive after the transition period At the end of the transition period, the eCommerce Directive will no longer apply to the UK. You should begin to prepare for these changes now. Published 16 October 2019 Last updated 6 July 2020 — see all updates From: Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport The […]

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EU Domain Names 2021 UK Guidance

Guidance .eu domain names – what you need to do before the end of the transition period Find out what you need to do before the end of the transition period if you hold a .eu domain. Published 16 October 2019 Last updated 2 July 2020 — see all updates From: Department for Digital, Culture, Media […]

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Geo-blocking

Geo-blocking: addressing discriminatory treatment of customers Regulation (EU) 2018/302 on addressing unjustified geo-blocking and other forms of discrimination based on customers’ nationality, place of residence or place of establishment within the internal market It aims to ensure the proper functioning of the EU’s internal market by preventing unjustified geo-blocking* and other forms of discrimination based, […]

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Online Intermediation Services

Online intermediation services — fairness and transparency for business users Regulation (EU) 2019/1150 on promoting fairness and transparency for business users of online intermediation services It aims to ensure the fair and transparent treatment of business users by online platforms, giving them more effective options for redress when they face problems, creating a predictable and […]

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Digital Services Contracts

Contracts for the supply of digital content and digital services Directive (EU) 2019/770 on certain aspects concerning contracts for the supply of digital content and digital services It sets out rules concerning contracts for the supply of digital content or digital services, in particular: rules on conformity with the contract; and remedies where the digital […]

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Access to Internet

Enjoying online content without borders Regulation (EU) 2017/1128 — portability of online content services throughout the EU It aims to ensure that subscribers to an online content service in their own EU country, such as films, sports events, eBooks, video games and music, can access it when they are temporarily staying in other EU countries. […]

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Digital Communications Market

Competition in electronic communications networks and services Ensure that every undertaking has the right to provide electronic communications services or put in place, extend or exploit electronic communication networks without restriction. Commission Directive 2002/77/EC of 16 September 2002 on competition in the markets for electronic communication networks and services [Official Journal L 249, 17.09.2002]. Context […]

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Single Digital Gateway

The single digital gateway Regulation (EU) 2018/1724 establishing a single digital gateway to provide access to information, to procedures and to assistance and problem-solving services The single digital gateway will facilitate online access to the information, administrative procedures and assistance services that citizens and businesses need to live in, or carry on their business in, […]

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Anti-Cybercrime

Attacks against information systems The EU cybercrime directive aims to fight cybercrime and promote information security through stronger national laws, more severe criminal penalties and greater cooperation between relevant authorities. Directive 2013/40/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 August 2013 on attacks against information systems and replacing Council Framework Decision 2005/222/JHA. […]

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Non-Personal Data Flow

Free flow of non-personal data in the European Union Regulation (EU) 2018/1807 — on a framework for the free flow of non-personal data in the European Union It aims to ensure that electronic data, apart from personal data, can be processed freely throughout the EU. It bans restrictions on where the data can be stored […]

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Electronic Identification

More secure transactions on the Internet Regulation (EU) No 910/2014: on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market The Electronic Identification and Trust Services (eIDAS) Regulation creates a new system for secure electronic interactions across the EU between businesses, citizens and public authorities. It aims to improve trust in EU-wide […]

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EU Domain Name

The .eu top-level domain Regulation (EU) 2019/517 on the implementation and functioning of the .eu top-level domain name The regulation updates rules about the .eu country code top level domain (ccTLD) and variants in other scripts, as part of the EU’s new digital single market strategy. It aims to reinforce the EU’s online identity and […]

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Network Security

EUROPEAN COMMISSION DIRECTORATE-GENERAL FOR COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS, CONTENT AND TECHNOLOGY Brussels, 26 May 2020 REV2 – replaces the notice (REV1) dated 12 March 2018 NOTICE TO STAKEHOLDERS WITHDRAWAL OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND EU RULES IN THE FIELD OF SECURITY OF NETWORK AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS Since 1 February 2020, the United Kingdom has withdrawn from the […]

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Geoblocking

EUROPEAN COMMISSION DIRECTORATE-GENERAL FOR COMMUNICATION NETWORKS, CONTENT AND TECHNOLOGY Brussels, 26 May 2020 REV2 – replaces the notice (REV1) dated 21 March 2018 NOTICE TO STAKEHOLDERS WITHDRAWAL OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND EU RULES IN THE FIELD OF GEO-BLOCKING Since 1 February 2020, the United Kingdom has withdrawn from the European Union and has become […]

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