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The Diem Project – a new currency from Facebook for the Internet.

What does that actually mean and what is it all about? The Diem Association, formerly Libra, co-founded by Facebook, is pursuing the mission of developing an Internet of money. A global currency and financial infrastructure for billions of people. The European Central Bank and the Bank of China are also looking at introducing a digital […]

Transparency register for lobbying in EU institutions

An important step towards increasing trust in political decisions Since the end of 2020, there has been an agreement to introduce a mandatory transparency register for the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission. This agreement goes back to a Proposal the Commission had already submitted in 2016. On December 15, […]

Employee monitoring: An increasing nuisance with the use of products from American IT corporations

Excessive monitoring and performance checks of employees due to the use of products from U.S. IT corporations are increasingly leading to unlawful restrictions on employee rights and violations of applicable data protection regulations in Germany as well. While Microsoft responded early to concerns about questionable functions in Office 365, authorities objected to Amazon’s use of […]

Essentials and remarks on the Report on the impact of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and robotics

This report was published together with the White Paper on Artificial Intelligence – a European concept for excellence and trust – by the EU Commission on 19.2.2020. This report analyses the relevant current legal framework in the EU. It examines where there are uncertainties regarding the application of this legal framework due to the specific […]

The new “Digital Services Act” of the EU. What is in store for us there?

On December 9, 2020, the EU Commission intends to announce a series of new planned competition and antitrust regulations to improve the control of technology groups, particularly the major Internet platforms. In a report published on November 19, 2020, the EU Court of Auditors also urges the improvement of corresponding EU regulations. In particular, the […]

Penalty for Facebook by German Federal Cartel Office

What is the reason behind this? In a judgement, the German Federal Supreme Court confirmed the imposition of a fine by the German Federal Cartel Office against Facebook. Although the judgement of the German Federal Supreme Court was issued more than two months ago, I would like to take up the issue again here and […]

The European Court of Justice explains in its recent judgement: Privacy-Shield Agreement – ineffective! What does this mean in practice?

In its latest decision the European Court of Justice declares the Privacy-Shield-Agreement to be ineffective. Essentially, it justifies this on the basis of US security laws, which grant the authorities extensive access to data of EU citizens without significant restrictions and without judicial control being possible. At the same time, the European Court of Justice […]

Donald Trump versus Twitter? And why Mark Zuckerberg interferes.

Twitter had gone over to mark fake news and false claims in his published tweets. In doing so, Twitter wanted to make it clear that Twitter was questioning the truth of some content. This was also done to the successful Twitterer Donald J. Trump who has more than 85.5 million followers. He directly saw this […]