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Digital Economy

Over the past decade many aspects of our economy have changed due to significant technological developments such as the artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT), smart mobility and the rise of digital platforms.

These developments change the way companies do business and in the process raise novel legal challenges. These challenges requires a multidisciplinary approach and a thorough understanding of the latest technological developments. The Stibbe Digital Economy Group consists of a team of experienced digital economy experts with various legal backgrounds and provides vital services to clients looking to navigate the digital technology landscape.

Our understanding of these technological advancements, coupled with our in-depth knowledge of all the connected legal areas such as privacy, financial regulatory, competition law, litigation, and employment law, enables us to help our clients in high profile and effective solutions for their digital transformation or digital continuation. Our clients include platform companies, financial institutions, fintech companies, car manufacturers, blue chip companies and start-ups. These clients trust us when it comes to navigating a variety of topics including employment law implications for digital platforms, identifying and addressing liabilities in smart contracts and on the use of PSD2 data in developing new (financial) products.

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02.07.2019 NL law
Debate night: HR Analytics: opportunity or threat?

Seminar - On 2 July 2019, Stibbe's Digital Economy Group will host a debate night in Amsterdam on the hot topic of HR analytics. During Stibbe's debate night, speakers from the world of business, politics, science and law will exchange views on HR analytics, how they can be used in practice, and their development in the context of employment and privacy law.

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27.05.2019 EU law
One year of GDPR - The regulatory warm-up

Short Reads - The first year of the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") is over. Although early noises predicted an entirely new data protection regime, the European legal framework did not change substantially, the major changes being an expansion of the territorial scope to non-EU countries and stronger powers of enforcement. In spite of fears and rumours of immediate enforcement and huge fines, most regulators focused on helping companies achieve compliance, or they enforced without directly imposing fines.

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27.03.2019 NL law
Ook WhatsApp- en sms-berichten op privételefoons vallen onder Wet openbaarheid van bestuur

Short Reads - De Afdeling bestuursrechtspraak van de Raad van State heeft in een uitspraak van 20 maart 2019 (ECLI:NL:RVS:2019:899) bevestigd dat ook WhatsApp- en sms-berichten onder de reikwijdte van de Wet openbaarheid van bestuur (Wob) vallen. Dat geldt niet alleen voor WhatsApp- en sms-berichten die staan op werktelefoons, maar ook voor berichten die staan op privételefoons van bestuurders of ambtenaren. Daarmee gaat de Afdeling terecht verder dan de rechtbank (ECLI:NL:RBMNE:2017:5979) in eerste aanleg, die van oordeel was dat de Wob niet van toepassing is op berichten op privételefoons.

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24.05.2019 NL law
European regulatory initiatives for online platforms and search engines

Short Reads - As part of the digital economy, the rise of online platforms and search engines raises all kinds of legal questions. For example, do bicycle couriers qualify as employees who are entitled to ordinary labour law protections? Or should they be considered self-employed (see our Stibbe website on this issue)? The rise of online platforms also triggers more general legal questions on the relationship between online platforms and their users. Importantly, the European Union is becoming increasingly active in this field.

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08.03.2019 NL law
Maaltijdbezorgers Deliveroo werkzaam op basis van een arbeidsovereenkomst en maaltijdbezorging door Deliveroo valt onder werkingssfeer Cao Beroepsgoederenvervoer (annotatie)

Articles - De eerste baanbrekende uitspraken van 2019 zijn een feit. Naar het oordeel van de Kantonrechter Amsterdam zijn de maaltijdbezorgers van het digitale werkplatform Deliveroo werknemers én is Deliveroo een vervoersbedrijf waarop de cao Beroepsgoederenvervoer van toepassing is. Aanvankelijk waren de maaltijdbezorgers werknemers, maar begin 2018 voerde Deliveroo een nieuw bedrijfsmodel in waarin de maaltijdbezorgers op basis van ‘partnerovereenkomsten’ als zelfstandige ondernemers gebruik maakten van het platform van Deliveroo om ‘ritten’ te vinden. 

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29.05.2019 NL law
Debatavond: HR Analytics: kans of bedreiging?

Seminar - Stibbe's Digital Economy Group organiseert op 2 juli 2019 een debatavond in Amsterdam over 'HR analytics'. Tijdens deze debatavond gaan sprekers uit het bedrijfsleven, politiek, wetenschap en recht met elkaar in debat over dit actuele onderwerp en o.a. welke arbeids- en privacyrechtelijke aspecten spelen een rol bij het gebruik van AI en HR Analytics. 

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01.03.2019 NL law
Does selling a phone on an online marketplace make you a "trader" under the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive and the Consumer Rights Directive?

Short Reads - Online marketplaces provide sales channels not only for professional traders but also for individuals selling second-hand goods. For buyers, online advertisements do not always make it clear whether the seller is a professional trader or an individual. This distinction is important because consumers buying from a professional trader can benefit from EU consumer laws, while these protections do not apply in consumer-to-consumer sales.

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