Internet of Things

Driverless cars: a privacy minefield

For self-driving cars to function and deliver the safe service they promise, they will need to process a huge amount of data. One of the key issues here is ownership of that data.


Online slots and betting exchanges landed in Spain

On 30 July 2014, the Spanish Official Gazette (BOE) published the Ministerial Decrees (Orden Ministerial) approving the regulation of online slots and betting exchanges. This follows the announcement last year by the Spanish gambling watchdog (DGOJ) that it would authorise online betting exchanges and online slots once it had completed a period of public consultation. Earlier this year the DGOJ initiated the formal procedure which would enable it to authorise the offer of gambling products on the Spanish market.


TUPE – provisions on micro-businesses to come into force

Although most of the amendments to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 ("TUPE") applied in relation to transfers taking place on or after 31 January 2014, the provisions enabling micro-businesses to provide information to and consult directly with affected employees apply only in relation to TUPE transfers occurring on or after 31 July 2014.


Data - it's back and this time it's serious

In the early years of this millennium, sports governing bodies, led by horseracing and football, saw data as a means of establishing a new revenue stream - in particular, from bookmakers and other gambling operators.  They were encouraged to do this by the 1996 EU Database Directive which came into force on 1 January 1998 and established a new intellectual property right in databases. 

Social Media

Social Media and International Law

Most companies now have a social media presence, on platforms like Facebook or Twitter, or have social media sharing functionalities on their website. This creates a number of legal challenges. In this video, Olswang Partner Andreas Splittgerber looks at the importance of factoring in international law, not just local laws, when establishing a social media presence.