Summer Reading: Accelerating Data Regulation
July 5, 2018

The post-GDPR era offers us a chance for reflection. Where do we stand in the on-going processes of data legislation in the EU and, more importantly, what is the big picture? While data protection and privacy have been the trending topics of spring 2018, it must be borne in mind that the GDPR is but […]

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 […]

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 […]

On 8 June 2016, the European Council adopted the EU Trade Secrets Directive (EU) 2016/943 (the “Directive”) on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure. The aim of the Directive is to harmonise the existing diversity of protection of trade secrets in Member States and to provide […]

On 24 January 2017, the Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman published guidance (in Finnish) for companies on how to prepare for the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).  Although the guidance serves as a high-level introduction to the GDPR, it unfortunately does not go into specific details of the GDPR. Thus, it does […]

Directive on Double Taxation Dispute Resolution Mechanisms The proposed new EU Council Directive on Double Taxation Dispute Resolution Mechanisms (COM(2016) 686 final) lays out rules to resolve disputes between Member States on eliminating double taxation of income from business and the rights of taxpayers in this context. The European Commission concluded that the imposition of […]

Korkein hallinto-oikeus antoi tänään mielenkiintoisen ylimääräistä muutoksenhakua koskevan vuosikirjapäätöksen KHO 2016:202. Asiassa oli kysymys siitä, oliko vakuutusoikeuden päätös purettava sen vuoksi, että vakuutusoikeudessa valitusta käsiteltäessä oli tapahtunut menettelyvirhe, joka oli voinut olennaisesti vaikuttaa päätökseen, kun asiassa ei ollut pyydetty Euroopan unionin tuomioistuimelta ennakkoratkaisua. KHO totesi, että hallintolainkäyttölain 63 §:n 1 momentin 1 kohdan mukaan päätös […]