Traditionally, Finnish marketing legislation has been amongst the most consumer protection friendly in Europe. However, in recent years, the Finnish consumer authorities have been faced with the need to take the more liberal EU case law into account in the interpretation of marketing issues. The latest hot discussion concerning Finnish consumer protection law has been […]

Equal Treatment for Online Shoppers within the EU
December 5, 2017

Do you, as a consumer, find Christmas shopping exhausting? Should that be the case, we might have good news for you: a few weeks ago, the European Parliament, the Council, and the Commission confirmed that a political agreement to end unjustified “geoblocking” in buying products or services online within the EU has been reached. This […]

Teksti julkaistu alun perin Directors’ Institute Finlandin kumppaniblogissa. Yhtiöiden ja Verohallinnon väliset veroriidat ovat paisuneet sekä euromäärien että riitojen käsittelyaikojen suhteen. Veroriidoista voi katsoa tulleen aikaisempaa enemmän ylimmän johdon, hallituksen ja audit committeen asioita. Euromääräisesti suurimmat veroriidat koskevat tällä hetkellä samaan konserniin kuuluvien yhtiöiden välistä tavaroiden, palveluiden, aineettomien oikeuksien sekä rahoituksen hinnoittelun markkinaehtoisuutta. Jos yritys […]

October 2017 has been a busy month for the Article 29 Working Party (the “WP29”), a group that consists of EU data protection authorities. The WP29 has recently published three new guidelines and revised some earlier guidelines on the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”). The recent guidance includes proposed guidelines on […]

On 19 October, the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (the “LIBE Committee”) of the European Parliament approved a revised draft of the E-Privacy Regulation. As we wrote on our blog earlier, the LIBE Committee submitted some significant changes to the Commission’s E-Privacy Regulation proposal (COM(2017) 10 final, which we wrote about on our […]

As suggested in a recent blog post, a first-ever Finnish Trade Secrets Act has now been proposed. On 18 October, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland received a report from the working party on the national implementation of the Trade Secrets Directive ((EU) 2016/943, the “Directive”). The working party proposes that a […]

Legality of the Standard Contractual Clauses Referred to the CJEU The Standard Contractual Clauses (the “SCCs” or the “EU Model Clauses”) have provided a mechanism for transferring personal data outside the EEA when incorporated into a contract between controllers or a controller and a processor. These model clauses have been adopted by the European Commission […]

In order to enhance the digital growth of the European Union, the Commission has proposed a new regulation to govern the free flow of non-personal data in the EU (COM(2017)495). In combination with the already existing rules on personal data protection under the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”), the proposed legal framework is important […]

Shedding Light on Trade Secrets
October 9, 2017

To the excitement of many of us, the rather fuzzy concept of a trade secret under Finnish law is becoming clearer. The Pirkanmaa District Court recently gave a detailed decision in which it pondered what constitutes a trade secret. Furthermore, as my colleague Camilla wrote on our blog earlier, the EU Directive on the Protection […]

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