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User consent for storing and accessing cookies in light of the recent decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union

October 2019 – On 1 October 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down a preliminary ruling in a case that made its way from the Federal Court of Justice in Germany (FCJ) regarding the validity of user consent systems for cookie...

Cannabis for Medical Use: CEE Regulatory Update

June 2019 – A growing number of countries around the world are gradually legalising the use of cannabis for medical purposes.
It can be said that governments are now generally taking a more liberal approach to this product, which could significantly...

EUR 50 million fine for GDPR in France. What about CEE?

January 2019 – On 21 January 2019, the French data protection authority — the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (“CNIL”) — issued a General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) fine of EUR 50 million against Google...

Amendment to Czech trademark legislation: additional responsibilities of trademark owners

January 2019 – On 1 January 2019 an amendment to Czech trademark legislation entered into effect. The amendment incorporates applicable EU regulations, and also introduces some country specifics. Below, we summarise the most important changes from a...

Revitalisation of brownfield sites in the Czech Republic – Simplifications offered by the amended Building Act

October 2018 – Revitalising brownfield sites in the Czech Republic has generally been viewed as a nightmare for investors, both private developers and state organisations, mainly due to the length of time required for different permitting processes...

Overview of the recent important changes in Czech legislation

September 2018 – We have prepared a brief overview of important changes in Czech legislation and the most significant high court judicial decisions issued over the past few months that might affect your operations in the Czech Republic or that may be...

Czech Republic amends its Building Act

February 2018 – On 1 January 2018, the long-awaited Act No. 225/2017 Coll., amending the Building Act (i.e. Act No. 183/2006 Coll., on town planning and the building code) entered into effect (the “amendment”), along with another 43 related acts....

GDPR, CPU, Intel, Spectre, Meltdown … and what else?

February 2018 – Although Spectre and Meltdown are security flaws discovered in CPUs manufactured by Intel, they also seem to be affecting CPUs manufactured by AMD as well as ARM-based chips in mobile devices (Qualcomm and Samsung). Even Apple recently...

UK and Czech Republic: anti-bribery laws compared

November 2017 – The UK Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1 July 2011, creating for businesses operating in the UK the most stringent and far reaching anti-bribery legal regime in the world. In particular, it imposed strict criminal liability on corporates...

Kinstellar authors chapter of the “Anti-Corruption Law and Practice Report 2017’’

June 2017 – The IBA Anti-Corruption Committee's Drivers of Corruption Subcommittee has issued a new report named "Innovation in Enforcement and Compliance". We are proud to have contributed to the "Challenges in internal investigations" chapter.