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Copyright Giulio Coraggio 2018

 

The Internet of Things (IoT) will enable devices to communicate and share data with one another and data to be combined and used across multiple applications.  However, such applications also raise relevant legal issues.  The Italian Telecom Authority (AGCOM) has for this purpose just launched a consultation on the Internet of Things in order to understand how to better foster this market whose value will reach $ 7.1 trillion in sales by 2020.  

Outsourcing agreements are always a new adventure and trying to find the best contractual arrangement is not easy.  And this task is even harder in outsourcing agreements where the supplier provides a large part of the services and licenses necessary to run the business usually on the basis of a profit sharing arrangement.  This situation might lead to relevant tax related risks because of the willingness of the supplier to control the business.

Data protection issues for Google in Italy are not over.  The Italian Data Protection Authority (DPA) has now challenged their privacy information notice requiring - among others - an express consent from users to their profiling for marketing purposes leading to issues that might impact any business based on the processing of BIG DATA such as the Internet of Things and in general on behavioural advertising.

The Internet liability regime for hosting providers have been subject of different interpretations by courts in Italy and a new interesting position came up with the decision of the Court of Turin (Italy) involving YouTube and Google which overturned its initial decision of a few months ago introducing new principles of Internet liability for online operators.

Bitcoin and its potential usage as part of money laundering crimes as well as of crimes associated with terrorism has been the subject of concerns raised by the UIF, the harm of the Bank of Italy dedicated, among others, to receive anti-money laundering reports of suspicious transactions.  But the reaction from other Governments and e-commerce operators are different.

The Internet of Things is expected to lead to 50 billion connected devices by 2020 collecting and exchanging personal data about their users, their lives, their preferences and tastes.  This will lead not only to relevant data protection issues, but also to increased cybercrime related risks triggering the need to ensure a higher level of cyber security.

For those of you who have not been able to attend the seminar on AWPs and videolotteries earlier this week, I have posted here my presentation here covering gaming law issues affecting those machines. Also, if you have questions or comments on the covered topics or want to receive the recording of the presentation, as usual feel free to contact me, Giulio Coraggio to discuss.  Also, if you want to receive my newsletter, please join my LinkedIn Group or my Facebook page. And follow me on Twitter, Google+ and become one of my friends on LinkedIn....