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Welcome to December's edition of E-Commerce Law & Policy
The new draft UK Investigatory Powers bill has been making headlines, both in terms of the extent of the surveillance powers it would introduce and in regard to the obligations it would place on communication service providers - and the resulting costs for those CSPs. Amongst all the chatter around the draft bill, Prof Ian Walden and Dyann Heward-Mills of Baker & McKenzie open December's issue with expert analysis of the bill's proposals.
Following the release of the European Commission's consultation which includes questions around the regulation of 'online platforms,' Susan McLean and Mercedes Samavi of Morrison & Foerster outline the possible regulatory paths in this area, and consider the responses of online platforms to the UK Government's own inquiries.
Our news commentary section this month leads with the story that the Dutch Supreme Court has referred questions to the Court of Justice of the EU in relation to the long-running copyright infringement litigation battle between industry body Brein and two ISPs over the blocking of the Pirate Bay torrent website. Experts analyse what the CJEU has been asked to consider and the impact on website blocking orders going forward.
PLUS: EC to take action over 'unjustified different treatment' of EU consumers - Belgian datr cookie dispute with Facebook - data localisation in Russia - Duffy v Google case in Australia - UK Modern Slavery Act website requirements - Hong Kong and direct marketing requirements.
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