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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...

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”).

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...

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...

Draft Serbian Law on Digital Assets published for public consultations

October 2020 – On 13 October 2020, a draft Law on Digital Assets (the “Draft”) was published in Serbia for public consultations, which will be open until 28 October 2020. Below is a preliminary overview of the main provisions of the Draft. A more...

Czech data protection authority imposes highest-ever fine for distribution of unsolicited commercial communications

October 2020 – The Czech Data Protection Authority (the “DPA”) has imposed a fine totaling 6,000,000 CZK (approximately 250,000 EUR) to a car dealership for its repeated distribution of unsolicited commercial communications to almost 500,000 thousand...

Ukraine significantly eases immigration quota eligibility requirements for IT specialists

October 2020 – New eligibility requirements and a revised immigration quota allocation for IT specialists have come into effect in Ukraine. In particular, the Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine has introduced changes...

Development of Artificial Intelligence in Bulgaria until 2030

August 2020 – On 19 August 19 2020, the Bulgarian Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications released a new draft strategy entitled Concept for the Development of Artificial Intelligence in Bulgaria until 2030. It aims to define...

Turkey: What is in the Bill on Social Networks?

July 2020 – On 29 July 2020, important amendments were made by the Turkish parliament to the “Law on the Regulation of Broadcasts via the Internet and Prevention of Crimes Committed through Such Broadcasts” (“Law No. 5651”). Law No. 5651 is...