The eagerly awaited proposal for an Artificial Intelligence Act was finally published by the EU Commission following last week’s press leak of an outdated draft. The proposed Act introduces a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive legal framework for Artificial intelligence (125 pages), which has the ambition to harmonize existing laws in the internal
Continue Reading The world’s first Artificial Intelligence Act: Europe’s proposal to lead in human-centered AI

The European Commission has proposed a Regulation on a European approach for Artificial Intelligence (AI Act) as well as an updated Coordinated Plan on Artificial Intelligence on 21 April 2021. The Commissions stated intention of this approach is to guarantee the safety and fundamental rights of people and businesses, while strengthening Artificial Intelligence (AI) uptake, investment, and innovation across the European Union (EU). It is a continuation of the Commission’s European Strategy on AI, the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence’s Guidelines for Trustworthy AI, and the Commission’s White Paper on AI.  

This article details the impacts of the proposed AI Act on Legal Tech that utilizes AI.
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By: Carol A. F. Umhoefer and Andrew Serwin

The Schrems II decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), rendered on  July 16, 2020, invalidated the EU-US Privacy Shield and created new obligations, notably for businesses transferring personal data pursuant to standard contractual clauses (SCC). On November
Continue Reading Schrems II: European Data Protection Board issues recommendations on supplementary measures for transfers of personal data to the US

On December 21, 2020, the European Union’s new Electronic Communications Code (EECC) will begin regulating a broad range of previously unregulated services as Electronic Communications Services (ECS). Among these newly regulated services are email, connected wearable devices, and many other Over The Top (OTT) applications, such as audio, video and
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By Patrick Van Eecke and Anne-Gabrielle Haie

From July 12, 2020 onwards, new European rules will oblige online platforms to take several additional measures, including reviewing their terms and conditions, establishing a data policy and creating a complaint handling system. The Platform to Business Regulation is directed towards companies that
Continue Reading Europe: New rules for the platform economy

[This is an updated version of my earlier blog piece from July to take account of revisions agreed through the legislative process since then.]

The new European Communications Code (the “Code” – which I have blogged about here) will introduce a mechanism allowing investments in fibre networks made by
Continue Reading Co-Investment Models for Broadband Infrastructure – an explanation and short critique (updated)

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) launched it data protection strategy, summarizing it in three strategic objectives and 10 accompanying measures for the next five years.

The EDPS stated that it is a crucial moment for data protection, a period of unprecedented change and political importance, not only in the
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By Patrick Van Eecke and Julie De Bruyn

Article 29 Working Party, the European data protection advisory body, has published its report on the ‘cookie sweep’ that was carried out in September last year in partnership with data protection authorities and other regulators across 8 Member States (Czech Republic, Denmark,
Continue Reading EUROPE: European cookie sweep results published: average of 34.6 cookies per website.