European Court Declares Data Retention Directive Invalid

European Court Declares Data Retention Directive Invalid

On 8 April 2014 the European Court of Justice ruled that the Data Retention Directive 2006/24/EC interferes in a particularly serious manner with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data. The Directive is declared invalid. Today’s guest post by Sylvie Rousseau and Matthias Vierstraete explains what the court decided […]

Services Directive

Services Directive

The EU Services Directive was introduced to remove unjustifiable or discriminatory requirements affecting the setting up or carrying on of a relevant service. A service is an economic activity normally provided for remuneration and which is not a contract for employment. Types of a service include Business services: management consultancy; professional services such as lawyers, accountants and actuaries; advertising; certification and testing; facilities management, including […]

Directive on the legal protection of computer programs (2009)

Directive on the legal protection of computer programs (2009)

EU Member States must protect computer programs by copyright. Programs should be protected as literary works, within the meaning of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. Computer programs include their preparatory design material. The protection provided for in Directive 2009/24/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the […]

E-commerce Directive 2000/31/EC

The European Union’s Electronic Commerce Directive (the E-commerce Directive) establishes a framework for electronic commerce across the European Union’s internal market and aims to provide legal certainty for business and consumers alike. Introduced in 2000, the Directive establishes harmonised rules on transparency and information requirements for online service providers, commercial communications, electronic contracts and limitations of […]

Consultation on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) Directive 2011/65/EU

The UK’s Department for Business Innovation and Skills has announced a new consultation on the implementation of the European Union’s new Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electronical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) Directive 2011. The RoHS Directive primarily aims to ensure that EU Member States apply common restrictions on the levels of six hazardous substances that may […]