Recent legislative and legal developments in the global digital world.
Tuesday, 30 March, 2021
The Spanish government approves the Regulations governing the operation and functioning of the public sector by electronic means
The Council of Ministers has approved in a Royal Decree, upon a proposal by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation and the Ministry of Territorial Policy and Public Service, the Regulations governing the operation and functioning of the public sector by electronic means. This brings together in a single text all the rules regulating the electronic functioning of the public sector, covering internal operations within Administrations, relations between different administrations, and relations with citizens and companies.
Approval is given to DAC - 7, a review which tightens the rules on fiscal transparency within Europe for digital platforms
The Council of the European Union has just approved the Directive on Administrative Cooperation (DAC 7) which amends Directive 2011/16/EU in respect of administrative cooperation in the field of taxation and is expected to come into force in January 2023.
Australia approves its 'News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code' on the broadcasting of media contents via digital platforms
This new code amends the Competition and Consumers Law of 2010, establishing a mandatory code of conduct applicable to media organizations and digital platform companies in relation to news content made available through digital platform services.
Cost-benefit analysis published by the AEPD on the use of technology in the fight against COVID-19
In its report, the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) briefly analyzes, for informative purposes, some of the technologies used in the fight against COVID-19, the anticipated benefits and potential cost to individual privacy.
New tax in Poland: 1.5% on streaming media platforms
According to the Polish government, the tax will apply to advertising income and customer subscriptions and will raise an estimated €3.26 million, to be allocated to the Polish Film Institute. However, further details on the tax, such as the date of entry into force or tax period, are not yet known.
Intensive monitoring of platforms and websites by the EC in order to prevent COVID-19 fraud
The EC has joined other national authorities to set up an ongoing general monitoring system and to carry out an in-depth analysis of certain offers relating to COVID-19. The aim is to identify and report illegal practices and the move has been welcomed by numerous platforms, which have sent the EC a detailed list of the measures implemented to prevent these types of fraud.
The Council of the European Union adopts a series of rules to facilitate the detection of tax fraud in cross-border e-commerce transactions
The rules make it easier for each Member State to collect the electronic records provided by payment service providers in a consistent manner and create a new electronic system to act as an anti-fraud tool, since the system stores payment data and allows for its subsequent processing. The new rules are made up of two pieces of legislation: amendments to Directive 2006/112/EC and amendments to Council Regulation (EU) 904/2010. The new measures will apply as from January 1, 2024.