Germany is hosting a seminar on IT-compliance, including risks and requirements
under German law, and tools for transnational IT-compliance, on
May 2015, 1 pm -6:30 pm
at the BridgehouseLaw Germany Cologne Office,
Habsburgerring 2, 50674 Cologne, Germany
use of IT, telecommunications and what was once called “new media” has become a
necessity or even business critical for most enterprises. In order to remain or
become leaders in competitive environments, businesses face increasing demand
to interact electronically with their employees, business partners, and
authorities. At the same time, however, those exact channels of communication
are subject to an ever increasing number of attacks, be it by hackers,
industrial espionage or a disgruntled employee.
Due to this
development, businesses can no longer rely on a single line of defense at the
internet firewall, if outside attacks may overcome such defenses with
relatively simple techniques such as “social engineering.” Furthermore, legal
requirements with regard to IT-compliance are constantly adapted to new
aims to look at possible angles of attack, the resulting legal requirements
established for enterprises doing business in Germany, and the possibilities to
use software-based compliance tools.
will be in German language, but is also suitable for businesses entering the
German market. All participants interested in recent (legal) developments in
IT-compliance in Germany are most welcome.
A proposal for a state law that would grant driving privileges to immigrants living in NC illegally made it through a NC House judiciary committee on April 15, 2015.
of the estimated 325,000 people living illegally in North Carolina,
approximately 90,000 to 110,000 are of driving age. Under the proposal,
immigrants may apply for a restricted driver's permit. The applicant must consent to a criminal background check, pass a written and road test conducted by the DMV. The applicant must also agree to be fingerprinted
and provide information on their legal status. That information could
not be used to seek deportation or be released from confidential files,
unless required by the law.
This driver's license/ ID would be valid for one year and could not be used to vote, board a plane, obtain public assistance or enter a federal building.
Supporters of the bill say it would lead to safer roads and ensure that all drivers had insurance. Critics see this measure as another step toward encouraging immigrants to illegally settling in North Carolina.
The 'Highway Safety/ Citizens Protection Act' still needs to be reviewed by other committees, finance among them, before it go up for vote before the House.
On April 15, 2015, the European Union (EU) filed antitrust charges against tech giant Google, Inc., alleging that the company favors its own products in search results
over its rivals' services. The complaint is based on allegations from
competitors that Google diverts web traffic from competitors' rivals to
its own comparison-shopping site.
The EU also opened a formal antitrust investigation into Google's Android smartphone software after complaints arose that Google abused its dominant position (it currently controls an estimated 81% market share of smartphone operating systems) by pre-installing its own apps and services onto Android smartphones which gave Google preferential treatment over its rivals.
The article indicates that should Google fail to respond to the complaint, the EU could levy a fine that could exceed €6 billion
which is an estimated 10% of Google's most recent annual revenue. In
addition to the fine, the lawsuit signals a more aggressive expansion by
EU regulators in investigating how American tech companies operate in Europe.
Google has not responded to the suit and maintains that it operates within all applicable laws.