The Consumer Ombudsmen of Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway met in Helsinki in the beginning of May to discuss several consumer protection issues relating to the digital society. The topics discussed varied from consumer legislation in the digital economy to consumer protection issues in connection with the Internet of Things. One of the discussed themes […]

As probably has come to your notice, a new EU regulation covering processing of personal data, the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), will take effect on 25 May 2018. Although the GDPR will be directly applicable in all EU member states, national laws need to be amended in order to implement additional requirements where the […]

The Article 29 Working Party (the WP29), which is an independent advisory board on data protection and privacy, has adopted Guidelines (in English) on Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) on 4 April 2017. The guidelines define when and how an impact assessment should be carried out pursuant to the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 […]

On 13 February 2017, the Swedish Market and Patent Court of Appeal ordered the Swedish ISP Bredbandsbolaget (the “Broadband Company”) to block the Pirate Bay and Swefilmer for the next three years. Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music, Nordisk Film and the Swedish Film Industry launched a lawsuit against the Broadband Company in 2014 and […]

The EU Commission’s proposal for a new Regulation on e-privacy leaked before the holidays. The draft text of the Commission’s proposal for a Regulation repealing the Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications (2002/58/EC) was not intended to be published until 2017, but the draft text of the proposal leaked. The official version of the proposal […]

On Tuesday 13 December, the Article 29 Working Party (an independent European advisory body on data protection and privacy, comprising of representatives of national data protection authorities) published its first set of guidelines on the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”). The guidelines and associated FAQ cover the following areas: Right to data portability (Guidance […]

In its judgment in case C-148/15 of October 19th, 2016, the European Court of Justice concluded that the German legislation on fixed prices for pharmacies’ sales of prescription medicinal products constitutes a restriction of the free movement of goods, and that such restriction could not be justified on grounds of it being necessary in protecting […]

As from October 6th, 2016, the Consumer Ombudsman will be able to issue cease and desist orders, information orders and orders prescribing traders to provide certain technical aids with immediate effect in cases of minor importance. Compared to the earlier wording of the relevant section of the Marketing Practices Act (Swe. marknadsföringslagen (2008:486)), this is […]