Internet of Things (IoT) market is estimated to generate $ 7.1 trillion in sales by 2020, but its main issue is often considered to be the lack of interoperability between devices belonging to different systems.
Together with some colleagues, I will be speaking about eHealth and telemedicine on the 19th of June 2014 at the AboutPharma medical device conference named "Medical Devices: What's up?" (Dispositivi Medici: What's Up) where regulatory and economic matters relating to the medical devices sector will be tackled.
There is no need of a web tax dedicated to digital companies according the report from the Expert Group on Taxation of the Digital Economy established by the European Commission, but the current general rules should be applied also to digital companies. However, recent court decisions and delegation laws leave some risks open in relation to the Internet liability regime of web companies for tax purposes.
Cookies in Italy finally got more clear rules with the issue of the guidelines by the Italian Data Protection Authority on the matter. These followed a long consultation subsequent to the coming into force of the law setting the boundaries of one of the most relevant data protection issues of the last years.
The Italian gambling regulator, AAMS, has just issued guidelines setting gaming law principles for poker tournaments with variable prizes and multiphase poker tournaments that might attract new interest to online poker in Italy.
World cup guidelines on the usage of its trademarks in connection with the upcoming Brazil Football World Cup have been issued by FIFA. These created some concerns on advertisers about to launch their marketing campaigns associated to the event. Indeed they might have planned to display world cup trademarks, images of football players and maybe had also considered to perform ambush marketing campaigns also relevant under a gaming law perspective.
New rules on the usage of biometric data issued by the Italian data protection authority (the "Garante" or "DPA") are meant to clarify the applicable obligations with the purpose to ease the adoption of technologies relying on them in connection for instance to mobile devices and therefore also of wearable technologies part of the Internet of Things. However, such rules, that are now subject to an open consultation, set stringent obligations in their processing that might require improvements to avoid they reppresent a barrier for the launch of new products.
The insurance sector is highly regulated and also outsourcing agreements in this sector are victim of such regulatory framework with stringent obligations in terms of contents of agreement, internal procedures and formalities to be followed.