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Take a look at our it & technology law team's articles, publications and news:

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14 October 2021

austria

G.Kucsko

Artist Talk - Digitale Kunst: Guido Kucsko

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07 September 2021

austria

F.Terharen

Digital Austria – overview of domestic digitalisation efforts

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media coverage

07 September 2021

bulgaria

I.Stoyanov

Dissonant Optimism: Mergers and Acquisitions in the Bulgarian Technology Industry

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newsletter

02 September 2021

austria

M.Woller

Patents on NFT? No, NFT on patents!

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newsletter

30 August 2021

austria

B.Hirsch

Unregistered community designs: a secret weapon in design protection?

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newsletter

14 July 2021

austria

C.Benes

Blockchain and (Un)Real Estate

Blockchain technology has – so far – not lead to a transfer of the world's land registers onto this technology or to a "tokenization" of title (documents). The only significant exception in this respect is Georgia where a purchaser's title to real property can be registered by execution of a smart contract.

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12 July 2021

austria

G.Kucsko A.Tipotsch

NFT art: The most important (legal) questions for artists, buyers in general and museums

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publication

06 July 2021

austria

G.Kucsko

ecolex podcast: NFT hype in self-experiment

In ecolex's podcast episode 6/21, Schoenherr partner Guido Kucsko was asked to answer a few questions about NFT and the NFT self-experiment he participated in.

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NFT – ein Selbstversuch

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NFT: An all-round legal view of Non-Fungible Tokens | Webinar

Did you miss our webinar, or do you want to listen to the discussed topics again? Watch the NFT webinar video recordings here!  

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newsletter

When a museum buys an NFT: Legal challenges and considerations

The story of our NFT self-experiment does not end with the selling of the token. To the contrary, it is only the start: The buyer – in our case the Museum Francisco Carolinum in Linz – wants to use the artwork for their purposes. In general, what legal considerations should a museum keep in mind?

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09 June 2021

austria

C.Cudlik M.Kern

NFTs: What about energy and climate issues?

When we started our NFT self-experiment, it did not take long before questions relating to energy consumption came up. According to our estimates, the two transactions (i) minting of the token and (ii) authorisation of an eventual sales processing, produced a CO2-footprint of over 100 kg of CO2EQ.

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02 June 2021

austria

V.Wolfbauer P.Ocko

Austria: Civil law aspects of selling a token – a random selection

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01 June 2021

hungary

M.Kovács

Hungary implemented CDSM and SatCab Directives, most rules effective 1 June 2021

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publication

Global Legal Insight: Al, Machine Learning & Big Data 2021 - Chapter Austria

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newsletter

Formulating a smart contract and minting an NFT

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media coverage

14 May 2021

austria

T.Kulnigg M.Woller

Selbstversuch mit digitalem Kunstwerk

Kunst über Non-Fungible Token (NFT) hat zuletzt einen Hype ausgelöst. Die technischen und rechtlichen Herausforderungen sind beträchtlich

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07 May 2021

austria

T.Kulnigg M.Woller

Let the NFT Self-Experiment begin!

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) aren't new, in fact they've been around for years. However, it took the auction of an NFT linked to an image by Christie's Auction House and the fall of the hammer at a spectacular USD 69 million to create worldwide attention and interest in NFTs.

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press release

Austria: Schoenherr and Museum Francisco Carolinum clarify NFT Art

Schoenherr's IP & Technology practice group has set itself the goal of providing clarity on Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) in the art and culture industry. In collaboration with the Museum Francisco Carolinum Linz in Upper Austria, the questions preoccupying artists, collectors and museums will be addressed at one of the world's first art exhibitions on NFTs in art. An important milestone for this has already been reached: The museum recently acquired their first NFT artwork – a work of art by conceptual artist and Schoenherr partner Guido Kucsko, that was also used in a Schoenherr team's self-experiment.

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21 April 2021

F.Terharen

Facial recognition – Austrian regulations v European approach?

Over the last couple of years, more and more countries have deployed technologies that allow them to match digital images of a person (e.g. from a surveillance camera) against a database of pictures.

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16 April 2021

austria

F.Terharen

Facial recognition technology: regulations and use

In recent years there has been an increased use of technologies that match a person's digital image (eg, from a surveillance camera) to a picture database. These technologies facilitate various tasks, including:

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press release

Austria: Bitpanda becomes a Unicorn with the support of Schoenherr

Schoenherr provided legal advice to the Viennese crypto-fintech Bitpanda on the implementation of an investment in the amount of EUR 143 million. 

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media coverage

15 February 2021

romania

M.Neagu

Drones: from toys to delivery vehicles

The EU appears to be following the steps already taken in the United States, where several companies have already been authorised to use drones for commercial purposes.

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press release

Austria: Schoenherr advises Storyblok on EUR 7m financing round (Series A)

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roadmap

Robo-advice in Poland

Back in 2016 the Bank of America raised an interest in financial robo-advisory. Two years later, Wealthfront was the first fully automated advisor offering free, personalised financial planning for its customers. 

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roadmap

COVID-19 – a catalyst for digital assets and crypto trading regulation?

The economic impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has not only significantly changed the way we work, travel and shop, but has sent a large number of investors on the search for assets that can provide a safe haven during the ongoing crisis and its macroeconomic events.

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IT projects: Everything agile or still waterfall?

Agile project methods have been a topic of conversation for years. There is hardly a management consultant who does not swear by them and hardly a company that does not prescribe "agile" as a miracle cure for many homemade problems. Agility in project management has almost become mandatory, for better or worse.

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2021

Quickly adapt with an e-commerce presence and digital business models

The COVID-19 crisis has forced many businesses to sell their goods and services online. Limitations on the number of people who can enter a store or restaurant have made e-commerce solutions necessary even for companies that have never used this channel before.

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TechReg – Turn and face the strange*

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newsletter

20 January 2021

austria

B.Rajal A.Farahmand

Austria: Network reserve to become part of congestion management system

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blog

The New European Drone Rules

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newsletter

23 December 2020

C.Haid F.Schneider

Cybersecurity on the rise: The NIS Directive 2.0

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newsletter

16 October 2020

hungary

A.Nagy

Investigation against TikTok in Hungary – how the HCA takes on the tech world

The Hungarian Competition Authority (HCA) has initiated an investigation against TikTok, the popular social media platform.

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to the point: technology & digitalisation l August 2020

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Global Legal Insight: Al, Machine Learning & Big Data 2020

The Global Legal Insights series provides essential insights into the current legal issues, providing readers with expert analysis of legal, economic and policy developments through the eyes of the world's leaders. 

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media coverage

29 April 2020

bulgaria

K.Bozhinova

Bulgaria: Lawyer Kristina Chakarova for the monitoring of mobile devices and the European experience

Under the state of emergency, a number of measures restricting personal freedoms were introduced. Among the controversial proposals was mobile device monitoring during the COVID pandemic. 

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to the point: technology & digitalisation l April 2020

Welcome to our April edition of Schoenherr's to the point: technology & digitalisation newsletter!

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21 April 2020

austria

Austria: E-Commerce als Rettungsanker in der Krise

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blog

10 April 2020

austria vienna

T.Kulnigg

Das COVID-19-GesG – aktuelles zu Virtuellen Versammlungen im Gesellschaftsrecht und zu elektronischen Notariatsakten

Update 10/04/2020

Der Nationalrat hat unter anderem im Zuge der COVID-19-Gesetzgebung mehrere gesellschaftsrechtliche Maßnahmen im Rahmen eines sog. gesellschaftsrechtlichen COVID-19-Gesetzes (COVID-19-GesG) beschlossen.

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to the point: technology & digitalisation l March 2020

Welcome to our March edition of Schoenherr's to the point: technology & digitalisation newsletter!

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30 March 2020

austria vienna

S.Khalil

Court hearing via social network – has Europe missed its chance?

Digitalisation is on everyone's lips. Parts of the judiciary – at least in some European countries – are hesitant. Austria introduced an electronic legal communication system for most Austrian courts decades ago. 

 

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30 March 2020

austria vienna

V.Wolfbauer

The Police, Drones, and the Corona Pandemic – Reflections on Austria

The Corona pandemic is putting our world to an unexpected stress test. But despite all difficulties, in only a couple of weeks, people dramatically changed the way they work, shop, seek health care, and interact with each other. 

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to the point: technology & digitalisation l February 2020

Welcome to our February edition of Schoenherr's to the point: technology & digitalisation newsletter!

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26 February 2020

austria vienna

P.Ocko

Digital Signatures

More and more companies are using digital signatures to sign their contracts electronically. But is this permissible and are the contracts valid?

Freedom of contract (Vertragsfreiheit) is an underlying principle of Austrian contract law. A contract is defined as consenting declarations of an offer and an acceptance and, in general, neither offer nor acceptance requires a specific form under Austrian law. Moreover, oral agreements are legally binding and enforceable. Contracting parties are therefore free to choose any suitable form for a contract according to Section 883 of the Austrian civil law (Allgemein Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch, "ABGB"), including tools to sign contracts electronically. This possibility to choose is called freedom of form (Formfreiheit), which is part of the mentioned freedom of contract ("Vertragsfreiheit").

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The flying Fiaker: A case study

The Fiaker, a Viennese term for a horse-drawn four-wheeled carriage for hire (a "hackney coach"), has been trundling through the streets of Vienna for centuries. The first Fiaker was licensed in 1693. Back then, it was the first means of urban transportation to carry several passengers at once. Today, it is a tourist attraction and traffic obstruction. Nonetheless, the Fiaker survived and adapted. Just recently, the first electronic Fiaker hit the road in Vienna.1

It is heralded that the future of urban transportation lies in the third dimension: up! Soon drones will usher in a new era of urban aerial mobility. With the U-Space initiative, the European Commission established a process to develop a new regulatory framework that would enable complex (civil)2 drone operations in all types of operational environments within the single European Sky airspace.3 This new EU framework must be widely implemented by EU Member States starting from 1 July 2020 and is fully applicable to all civil drone operations as of 1 July 2022.

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Czech data protection authority: Can the employer enter into its employee's e-mailbox?

In January 2020, the Czech data protection authority (ÚOOÚ) published on its website an anonymised inspection protocol, which contains valuable information on how the authority assess checking and reading employee emails after the GDPR came into effect.

In the case in question, the authority received a complaint which reads that "… after an employee leaves, his e-mailbox, which contains both working and private data, is handed over to such employee’s supervisor, who has a full access to the e-mailbox, administers it and uses it…". The authority initiated an investigation in which it expressed (and protocoled) its opinions on accessing employee mailboxes. 

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25 February 2020

romania

Romanian fintech start-ups combine powers and create the first Romanian fintech association

For the last couple of years, the fintech industry has become of great interest in the Romanian entrepreneurial scene. Numerous Romanian start-ups or long-existing financial and IT companies have switched focus on what fintech means and on what it can bring to the table.

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to the point: technology & digitalisation l January 2020

Welcome to our third edition of Schoenherr's to the point: technology & digitalisation newsletter!

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2020

austria

How to manage complex IT projects

Gone are the days when purchasing new software was mainly the job of procurement departments and driven by economic considerations. Nowadays, IT projects are incredibly complex and require the seamless interaction of many different stakeholders.

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press release

12 December 2019

austria

C.Schmelz

Austria: Lawyer vs. Robot: Is there a future without human lawyers?

On 10 December, experts from both legal practice and academia spent the evening at the "Lawyer vs. Robot: A lost cause?" event which is part of the event series TECHNOLOGYLEGAL, a collaboration between Professor Christian Piska from the University of Vienna, and Christian Schmelz, partner at Schoenherr Vienna.

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02 December 2019

austria vienna

U.Rath

European Commission's Expert Group publishes report on Regulatory Obstacles to Financial Innovation

Just in time for Christmas, the European Commission's Expert Group published its eagerly awaited final report on regulatory obstacles to financial innovation on 13 December 2019 (the "Report").

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02 December 2019

austria vienna

New Rules for Digital Content & Sale of Goods

The Sale of Goods Directive will apply to sales contracts between a consumer and a seller for goods, including goods with a digital element (e.g. smart TVs, smart fridges or smart watches) regardless whether concluded physically in shops or online.

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02 December 2019

austria vienna

C.Haid

Update on Artificial Intelligence and Competition Law

On 6 November 2019, the German Cartel Office and the French Competition Authority published a joint report on the competition risks resulting from the use of algorithms (the "Report"). The Report tackles four main issues:

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blog

02 December 2019

austria vienna

Golden Rules for IT Procurement

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02 December 2019

hungary

Hungary removes restrictions on selfie-based KYC in financial services

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press release

25 November 2019

austria

T.Kulnigg

Second Tech Night @ Schoenherr: Digital adaptability as a prerequisite for success

Am 21. November fand die zweite "Tech Night @ Schönherr" statt. Die von der Schönherr Technology & Digitalisation Gruppe ins Leben gerufene Eventreihe befasst sich mit rechtlichen Rahmenbedingungen und Herausforderungen im Kontext aktueller digitaler und technologischer Entwicklungen.

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19 November 2019

austria

New rules for Digital Content & Sale of Goods 5/5

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04 November 2019

austria vienna

T.Kulnigg

Facebook's Libra: The new generation of cryptocurrencies?

"When I think about all the different ways that people interact privately, I think payments is one of the areas where we have an opportunity to make it a lot easier," Zuckerberg said on 30 April 2019 at Facebook's F8 annual software developer conference in San Jose, California.

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04 November 2019

poland

D.Rutecka

Increased activity of the Polish Data Protection Authority

As of November 2019, the Polish Data Protection Authority (Urząd Ochrony Danych Osobowych; "UODO") has fined three Polish companies and one local government institution for non-compliance with the GDPR.

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Digital foundation of an Austrian limited liability company

The Electronic Notarial Form Foundation Act (Elektronische Notariatsform-Gründungsgesetz) ("ENG") came into force on 1 January 2019 and enables going forward the digital foundation of an Austrian limited liability company ("GmbH") by way of an electronic notarial deed. The Austrian notaries were entrusted with the implementation of the digital foundation procedure. Since autumn 2019, the first notaries in Austria have been offering the digital foundation process of a GmbH. Schoenherr attorneys at law, was the first person in Austria to accompany a digital foundation process.

Before we describe the digital foundation in practice, we briefly describe the notarial process of founding a GmbH in general: (i) execution of the deed of incorporation / articles of association as Austrian notarial deed (Notariatsakt), which essentially requires that the notary reads out the agreement and the parties sign the agreement in front of the notary, (ii) appointment of the first managing director(s) by way of a shareholders' resolution (by way of a notarial protocol, circular resolution with certified signatures or – as this is done in practice – as part of the notarial deed described under (i)), (iii) execution of the specimen signatures of the managing director(s) with their signatures being certified by a notary public (this could also be done by a foreign notary or an Austrian embassy/consulate) and (iv) execution of the commercial register filing again with signatures being certified by a notary public or Austrian embassy/consulate.

The ENG now attempts to fully digitalize such process. The process in practice can be described as follows:

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31 October 2019

austria

New rules for Digital Content & Sale of Goods 4/5

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16 October 2019

austria

New rules for Digital Content & Sale of Goods 3/5

e-commerce
(legal insight 3 in a series of 5)

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16 October 2019

austria

A.Lopatka-Sint

Zivile Drohnen - ist Österreich auf die EU-Vollharmonisierung vorbereitet

Drohnen werden zunehmend häufig und vielseitig im Luftraum operiert. Der Unionsgesetzgeber hat auf den EU-Harmonisierungsbedarf für zivile unbemannte Luftfahrzeuge mit der VO (EU) 2018/1139 reagiert. In Zusammenschau mit deren tertiärrechtlichen Ausführungen muss das österr Luftfahrtrecht ab 1. 7. 2020 mit den unionsrechtlichen Anforderungen für die drei neuen uLFZ-Kategorien übereinstimmen. Eine umfassende Luftfahrtgesetz-Nov scheint unausweichlich.

Der vollständige Artikel ist hier zu finden.

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16 October 2019

austria

A.Lopatka-Sint

Checkliste - Das künftige EU-Drohnenrecht

Mit VO (EU) 2018/1139 (Basic Regulation, BR) übernimmt der Unionsgesetzgeber die Legislativkompetenz für sämtliche unbemannte Luftfahrzeuge (uLFZ). Nach Art 55 ff BR werden die Sonderbestimmungen für uLFZ in DurchführungsVO (vgl) und in delegierten VO (vgl DR) von der EK näher ausgeführt.

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03 October 2019

austria

G.Leissler

CJEU: "opt-out" language does not create valid cookie consent - Austria

Case: C‑673/17; Bundesverband der Verbraucherzentralen und Verbraucherverbände — Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband eV vs Planet49 GmbH

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02 October 2019

austria

New rules for Digital Content & Sale of Goods 2/5

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18 September 2019

austria

New rules for Digital Content & Sale of Goods 1/5

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blog

FinTech 2019 in Austria

Financial technologies, or FinTechs, are rapidly changing the finance/banking sectors, and sometimes even shift whole markets online, and make it possible to deal, invest or lend money without ever needing to deal with a traditional bank.

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blog

Serbia catches up with the GDPR

1. New Data Protection Law adopted and applicable

After a public hearing that lasted more than a year, the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia adopted the new Data Protection Law (the "Law") on 9 November 2018. The Law is applicable as of 21 August 2019. The provisions of the Law itself have been modelled on, and largely comply with the provisions of the GDPR, as part of the wider process of harmonising the national law of Serbia with EU law, which was one of the main reasons for the adoption of the new Law. Besides many novelties, the new Law elaborates on certain procedures, rights, obligations and competences.

Some of the most important novelties follow.

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blog

EU-Finanz-Anpassungsgesetz 2019 │ New Challenges ahead for the virtual currency business

On 11 July 2019 the Austrian parliament adopted the EU-Finanz-Anpassungsgesetz 2019 ("EU-FinAnpG 2019") which implements the 5th EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive ("5th AML Directive") into Austrian law and introduces a number of amendments to Austrian laws relevant to the financial market.

In order to implement the 5th AML Directive, amendments to the Austrian Financial Markets–Money Laundering Act ("FM-GwG"), the Beneficial Owner Register Act (WiEReG) and the Act on Gaming (Glückspielgesetz), are necessary. These amendments include changes which will have a significant impact on business with virtual currencies.

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press release

26 July 2019

austria

T.Kulnigg

Austria: Schoenherr advises SynerGIS on the sale of its GIS and FM software development business to AED-SICAD

Schoenherr has advised the shareholders of the Synergis Informationssysteme GmbH ("SynerGIS") on the sale of its GIS (geographic information systems) and FM (facility management) software development business to AED-SICAD GmbH ("AED-SICAD").

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blog

Schrems II.: the doom of Privacy Shield and Standard Contractual Clauses?

Read the Czech version below.

There are two fundamental legal mechanisms stipulated in the EU law for the transfer of personal data outside European Economic Area (EEA): Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) and Privacy Shield. Both of them are widely used in practice because they allow corporations within the EEA to legitimise the transfer of personal data beyond the borders of EEA. However, each of them behaves differently. SCCs are essentially contracts between (at least) two parties and a Privacy Shield on the other hand is an agreement between the United States Department of Commerce and the European Union, which regulates the transatlantic data transfers.

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) is prepared to hear a case challenging the validity of both of the above-mentioned transfer instruments. The case stems from a dispute between Max Schrems and Facebook dating back to 2013. Max Schrems is an Austrian lawyer and determined advocate for data protection. His focuses on the flow of (EU) personal data from US corporations to U.S. intelligence agencies. In 2017, Schrems set up a non-profit organisation NYOB1 with the aim to help citizens defend themselves against allegedly “omnipresent” technological corporations.

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publication

01 July 2019

austria

G.Leissler M.Woller

Praxishandbuch Cloud Computing

Der Trend Cloud Computing ist längst in der Praxis angekommen und der Markt wächst. 

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newsletter

Does Austrian aviation law comply with the new EU rules for drones?

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blog

Cybersecurity NIS Directive in Austria

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publication

15 May 2019

austria

G.Leissler

Glücksspielgesetz-Novelle 2019: Bedarf zur Regulierung von Lootboxen?

"Lootboxen" und Glücksspiel - eine heftig diskutierte Kombination. Mit dem steigenden Verbreitungsgrad von Lootboxen gerät die Frage vermehrt in den Fokus, ob Lootboxen Gemeinsamkeiten mit dem Glücksspiel aufweisen und damit reguliert gehören.

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press release

14 May 2019

austria

T.Kulnigg

Tech Night @ Schönherr: Fintech-Kooperationen sind die Zukunft der Banken

Am 8. Mai fand die erste Technology Night @ Schönherr statt. Der Abend hielt für interessierte Zuhörer Keynotes und Panel-Diskussionen zu trending Tech-Themen bereit.

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blog

A glimpse into the future of AI regulation

Challenges and opportunities for organisations developing, deploying and using AI

On 8 April 2019, the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence – a supportive body to the European Commission – launched their "Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI". Based on four questions, the following text deals with the context and content of this guideline, deducing the possible next steps for AI practitioners towards the achievement of Trustworthy AI.

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newsletter

09 April 2019

austria

Austria: What does "limited space" mean under the Act on Distance Contracts and Off-Premises Contracts?

Directive 2011/83/EU of 25 October 2011 on consumer rights (the "Directive") and the Fern- und Auswärtsgeschäfte-Gesetz (the "FAGG") impose many information obligations on traders before the consumer is bound by a distance or off-premises contract, or any corresponding offer.

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blog

Taxi drone EHang 216 takes off in Austria

As reported by ORF and CNBC, the taxi drone EHang 216 conducted its first demonstration flight in Vienna on 4 April 2019. EHang 216 is an autonomous aerial vehicle that can seat two passengers, reach a speed of up to 160 km/h and has a range of around 70 to 80 kilometres. The vehicle is electrically operated, and efforts are being taken to ensure it is barely audible at a distance of 15 to 20 metres. Thus, the taxi drone sets a remarkable benchmark in terms of air pollution control and aircraft noise.

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blog

The 5G network – From technical requirements to legal challenges

1. The 5G network for Europe

In September 2016, the European Commission invited1 the Member States to develop national 5G strategies as part of their broadband plans. The Austrian Federal Government has set itself the goal of implementing the 5G strategy in three ambitious phases:

Phase 1: By mid-2018, preliminary commercial 5G tests were to be implemented.

Phase 2: By the end of 2020, the Federal Government set its interim goal of achieving almost nationwide availability of ultrafast broadband connections.

Phase 3: By the end of 2023, 5G services will be available on the main traffic connections, and by the end of 2025, the goal of almost nationwide availability of 5G will be achieved.

At the beginning of March 2019, the competent supervisory authority (RTR) conducted the procurement procedure for the 5G "pioneer band" auction. The three major Austrian mobile operators (A1, T-Mobile and Drei) acquired licences for the frequencies in all 12 regions put to tender. Based on these frequencies, one of the companies has already commissioned the first 5G mobile stations in some selected Austrian regions.

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Austrian public enterprises join forces to accelerate 5G expansion

On 26 March 2019, the Austrian mobile operator T-Mobile commissioned the first 25 5G mobile stations in 17 selected Austrian municipalities, predominantly in rural areas. According to the Chancellor of Austria, the start of 5G marks a milestone in the country's economic competitiveness and technological progress.

However, further steps need to be taken to achieve almost nationwide availability of 5G by the end of 2023 as laid down in the Federal Government's 5G strategy paper.

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29 March 2019

austria

C.Jirak

Austria: Electric vehicles exempt from emissions-reducing speed limits

The transport sector is especially important for reducing worldwide greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants. This is also the case in Austria.

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blog

Austrian DPA case law since 25 May 2018 (excerpt)

Introductory remarks:
  • So far, the Austrian Data Protection Authority ("DPA") did not impose significant fines under the GDPR
  • The majority of its decisions had been remediation orders
  • This excerpt of the DPA's decisions under the GDPR forms a summary per March 2019 of its in our view most relevant decisions
  • Despite some of those decisions had been contested and appellate proceedings are still pending this excerpt shall give an impression of the DPA's views and considerations under the GDPR
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Austria paves the legal way for (partly) autonomous vehicles

Imagine your car would drive you instead of you driving your car. This marvel has become partly a reality, as a law entered into force on 11 March 2019 allowing autonomous driving on Austrian highways. In addition, an amendment to the regulation for autonomous driving (Automatisiertes Fahren Verordnung – AutomatFahrV) by the Ministry of Traffic, Innovation and Technology broadly permits autonomous parking of vehicles.

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25 February 2019

austria

Austria: Proposal of the European Parliament and of the Council for a regulation on promoting fairness and transparency for business users of online intermediation services

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blog

11 February 2019

austria

T.Kulnigg

Combining Blockchain and AI to make Smart Contracts Smarter

Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are the new giants in technology and two of the hottest topics at the moment. The two technologies are typically considered for separate applications but there is a link: data.

AI allows processing of big data, whereas Blockchain offers security, immutability and decentralised data storage. It makes sense to combine the two technologies to make "Smart Contracts smarter" and to potentially also be a driver of the fourth industrial revolution: Data owners might be able to control their data again by choosing which AI provider to share their data with. Data marketplaces might also be possible, boosting AI applications when combined with Blockchain technology.

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press release

06 February 2019

austria

T.Kulnigg

Austria/CEE: Schoenherr sharpens focus on technology & digitalisation matters

Schoenherr is sharpening its focus on technology & digitalisation matters by establishing a dedicated, firm-wide technology & digitalisation group.

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blog

01 February 2019

austria

T.Kulnigg

What is Blockchain?

Blockchain1 or Distributed Ledger Technology has become a trending topic especially in the light of cryptocurrencies, smart contracts, ICOs and other areas in the context of digitisation, which are based on this technology. This technology and the (alleged) possibility to digitalise any kind of assets or create bullet-proof sets of data has the potential to revolutionise certain industries. It is therefore essential to understand blockchain technology in order not to fall behind. The following is a brief introduction to the technology, its variants, advantages and possible applications.

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2019

romania

Data Processing Agreements – allocation of liability between parties

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12 December 2018

romania

D.Iàcona

Romania: Cybersecurity - call for action for major companies in critical sectors

The first piece of EU-wide legislation on cybersecurity is expected to be transposed into Romanian law anytime now, bringing into play enhanced system security obligations for major companies in certain sectors, as well as fines of up to 5 % of non-compliant companies' turnover.

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press release

29 October 2018

austria

G.Stangl

Launch of Legal Tech Hub Vienna

The law firms Dorda, Eisenberger & Herzog, Herbst Kinsky, PHH, Schoenherr, SCWP Schindhelm and Wolf Theiss, today launched the Legal Tech Hub Vienna (LTH Vienna). 

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04 September 2018

austria

T.Kulnigg

Austria: Schoenherr advises crowdinvesting company CONDA on first-ever digitalisation of shares via blockchain in Austria

Schoenherr and CONDA AG ("CONDA") have succeeded in digitalising the shares of the joint stock company and enabled registered shares to be managed via blockchain technology. 

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Austria: ECJ latest Facebook ruling makes waves: Impact under the GDPR?

In its decision C-210/16 of 5 June 2018, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on a dispute between a German academic institution and a German data protection authority. The institution operated a fan page on Facebook and collected user data via cookies, which were placed by means of a function called "Facebook Insights".

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25 February 2018

austria

G.Leissler M.Woller

Österreich: Selbstlernende Systeme: Wem gehört’s – wer hat Schuld?

Die rasante technologische Entwicklung bis hin zu den sich selbst weiterentwickelnden Systemen künstlicher Intelligenz verlangt nach neuen juristischen Denkansätzen.

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press release

AT/CZ: Schoenherr strengthens teams in Vienna and Prague with two new contract partner promotions

Schoenherr is announcing the promotion of Austria IP lawyer Michael Woller and Czech corporate/M&A expert Vladimír Čížek to contract partner. 

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press release

05 February 2018

austria

M.Lagler M.Woller

Schönherr ernennt IP-Experten Michael Woller zum Contract Partner

Mit Beginn des neuen Geschäftsjahres steigt Michael Woller (35) zum Contract Partner bei Schönherr auf.

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14 February 2017

austria

Austria: Schoenherr advises UNIQA on upgrading its business processes and IT infrastructure

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