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the e-Privacy Regulation: will it come after all?

Last year, we wrote that the e-Privacy Regulation was becoming a headache for the European Union and we wondered aloud whether the regulation would ever come into being. The latter now seems to be a step closer. The European Commission (‘EC’) published a revised text proposal on 5 January 2021 and not long afterwards, on

guidelines for outsourcing to providers of existing and new cloud services

From 1 January 2021, insurance and reinsurance undertakings (‘Undertakings’) are subject to Guidelines for outsourcing to cloud service providers (‘Providers’). The Guidelines have been issued by EIOPA (‘Guidelines’). EIOPA is the European Supervisory Authority for Occupational Pensions and Insurance, an independent body that advises the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Europe.

action against online offers of counterfeit leaves much to be desired

React – an international organization that acts against counterfeit on behalf of more than 300 members including Adidas, Chanel, Secrid and Apple – criticized the fight against counterfeit by in Het Financieele Dagblad earlier this month. Effective handling of reports about online offers of counterfeit products is crucial. Earlier this year we wrote about the

chronicle GDPR case law May 2018 – May 2020 in the Netherlands

Over the past two years, more than 300 judgments on the GDPR have been published on A number of rulings are interesting, others are predictable and in a number of cases the judge does not seem to apply the GDPR correctly. For anyone who may have missed a number of judgments, this chronicle lists

Privacy Shield invalid: what to do?

On 16 July 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘EUCJ’) ruled that the Privacy Shield does not comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This is important news for organizations that currently still base the transfer of personal data to organizations in the US on the Privacy Shield. Since this ruling,

software as security in bankruptcy

How specific must software be described in a deed of pledge in order to be able to offer a creditor security in the event of bankruptcy? This question was at stake in the judgement of the Dutch Supreme Court in the ING/Schepel-case of 3 April 2020 (ECLI:NL:HR:2020:590). Case facts CompLions is a software company. ING

the e-Privacy Regulation: situation in 2020

The e-Privacy Regulation (the ‘Regulation’) seems to have become a never ending story for the European Union. The Regulation aims to modernize the rules for traditional telecom companies and to extend the scope of application to new communication services such as Skype, Whatsapp and Facebook. The Regulation also gives conditions for placing cookies, direct marketing

online sales of alcohol further regulated

More and more products are being sold online. This also goes for alcoholic beverages. This is caused by the increasing digitalization of society, but also by the increased difficulty for minors to buy alcoholic beverages in supermarkets, shops, bars and restaurants. The government is trying to protect minors from alcohol consumption in two ways: discouraging

can you change or terminate an agreement with a supplier due to (the measures related to) COVID-19?

Many organisations are struggling with declining demand for their products or services because of (the measures against) the Corona virus. As a result, services and products from suppliers may become worthless. For example, because many organisations are closed down, projects are temporarily halted. Recruitment agreements for the recruitment of personnel, for example, becomes worthless as

corona virus and force majeure in commercial contracts and licenses

The Corona virus (COVID-19) is undoubtedly a circumstance that suppliers and customers have not been able to influence. But does Corona justify invoking ‘force majeure’? A few examples There are, of course, many different situations imaginable in which one of the contracting partners gets into trouble with the fulfilment of its contractual obligations. For example,

new European rules to protect businesses against Online platforms

Nowadays, companies offer their goods and services en masse over the internet. So-called ‘online intermediation services’ (hereinafter: ‘Online platforms’) such as and have responded by facilitating this step for smaller providers. Currently, more than one million companies in the EU reach their customers through Online platforms. Online platforms have thus become crucial to

pre-checked box is not legally valid consent for cookies

In the so-called Planet49-judgment (C-673/17) the Court of Justice of the EU (hereafter: ‘the Court’) recently ruled on the way in which consent for the storage of tracking cookies must be granted by a website visitor. Below you will find a desciption of the most important points from this judgment and is discussed what this

geoblocking: allowed?

On 3rd December 2018, the Geoblocking Regulation entered into force. The purpose of the Geoblocking Regulation is to reduce unjustified geoblocking within the EU. After all, blocking online access to goods or services can lead to an obstruction of the (digital) internal market within the EU. What is geoblocking? Geoblocking occurs when a trader from