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Overview of the 5G Auctions in Central and Eastern Europe

November 2020 – The introduction of 5G networks will bring significant changes to the telecommunications market. Not only will the technology open up a wide range of new possibilities in a variety of sectors (including manufacturing, health, energy...

Sanctions for social media providers in Turkey: Implications of the new rules

November 2020 – The authorised regulatory body in Turkey, the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (the “ICTA”), imposed administrative fines of TRY 10 million (equivalent to approximately EUR 1 million) on social media platforms...

Two-minute recap of recent developments in Turkish competition law – October 2020

November 2020 – In October, the Turkish Competition Authority (“TCA”) announced two important new regulations. One contains guidelines regarding on-site inspections and the examination of digital data. In a nutshell, the TCA has indicated that it...

Turkish Competition Board penalises five international banks for not providing requested information

November 2020 – The Turkish Competition Board (“Board”) recently published its reasoned decision[1] (“Decision”) concerning the requests for information pertaining to data on traders’ chat-rooms from a number of financial institutions operating...

New restrictions for State Officials in Kazakhstan imposed by amendments to anti-corruption legislation

November 2020 – New anti-corruption rules for State Officials in Kazakhstan are now in force following the recently approved Law “On Amendments and Additions to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Anti-Corruption Issues”. As...

The aftermath of Schrems II: Increased need for adequacy assessments of the legal systems of non-EU countries to ensure data transfer compliance with the GDPR

November 2020 – On 16 July 2020, the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU”) issued a landmark judgment in the case of Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland Limited and Maximillian Schrems (“Schrems II Decision”).

Slovakia: Update to rent subsidies paid by the state

November 2020 – It has been four months since the launch of rental subsidies in Slovakia. The Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic has to date registered approximately 25,000 applications and has paid out a total of EUR 25 million.

Overview of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)’s first Open Internet ruling

November 2020 – The principle of net neutrality was examined and interpreted for the first time in joined cases C-807/18 and C-39/19 before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The applicable law (Regulation 2015/2120) prevents internet...

Remote working in Bulgaria: A reminder of the main obligations of employers

October 2020 – Many companies are still directing employees to work from home due to the new COVID-19 economic and social reality. Some businesses are even reconsidering their office needs and plan to hire employees who are entirely home-based. While...

Procedures and principles for social network providers in Turkey

October 2020 – Recent amendments to Turkish Law No. 5651 “On the Regulation of Broadcasts via the Internet and Prevention of Crimes Committed through Such Broadcasts” (the “Amendments”) have widened the scope of Law No. 5651 to cover social...