Recent legislative and legal developments in the global digital world.
Monday, 15 July, 2019
The P2B Regulation to take effect in July 2020
The P2B Regulation, which will apply to all Member States as from July 12, 2020, was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The European Commission must evaluate the Regulation by January 13, 2022.
This past week, the French Senate approved a digital tax of 3% on sales of companies that generate worldwide revenue of at least €750 million per year, with €25 million coming from within France. The US government is conducting an inquiry into the move, which it believes could unfairly target certain companies, and may take measures in response.
The EU Regulation on the free flow of non-personal data enters into force
This Regulation provides for: (i) the free flow of non-personal data across Member State borders, (ii) data availability for regulatory control purposes by competent authorities, (iii) facilitating the switching of cloud service providers for professional users, and (iv) cross-border collaboration in cybersecurity matters in the EU.
The Council of the European Union has established a framework to enable the European Union to impose restrictive measures to deter or counteract cyber-attacks affecting the EU or any of its Member States. Sanctions can be imposed on persons or entities that are responsible or provide support for such attacks.
The European Parliament approves the Regulation on platform-to-business trading practices
The European Parliament has approved the new Regulation on platform-to-business trading practices, with the aim of creating a fair, trusted and innovation-driven environment for businesses when using online platforms. The text has still has to be officially approved by the Council of the European Union. Once approved, the Regulation will enter into force twelve months after its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.
The EC reforms copyright legislation to make it fit for the digital era
The new Copyright Directive will bring tangible benefits to citizens, creative sectors, the press, researchers, educators and cultural heritage institutions. The reform will bring copyright rules into line with today’s world, where music streaming services, video-on-demand platforms, news aggregators and user-uploaded-content platforms have become the main means of accessing creative works and press articles. The Directive was proposed by the European Commission in September 2016 and voted on by the European Parliament in March 2019.