The eCommerce Blog - by Allegro Group

Counterfeiting is bad news for everyone, bar fraudsters. Consumers are exposed to inferior or dangerous products, brands lose their value and online platforms like Allegro risk their reputation as trustworthy marketplaces. Although legal instruments to prevent IPR infringements, such as the IPR Enforcement and E-Commerce Directives, exist at EU/national level, they can be complemented by… » read more

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Posted by Daniela Borlea

Introduction by Chris Sherwood, Head of Public Policy, Allegro Group The European Commission is making good progress with its Digital Single Market strategy. The latest steps include a policy paper on online platforms, which indicates that there will be further work on addressing specific problems that can be identified. One of the concepts that is… » read more

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Posted by Guest eCommerce Blogger

The platform regulation discussion is a nuanced, multi-stakeholder debate that has the potential to shape the future of platforms as we know them. Depending on the outcome of the European Commission’s platform regulation consultation, home-grown European e-commerce platforms like ours could be faced with new obligations that would fundamentally change the way we do business,… » read more

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Posted by Chris Sherwood

Allegro has been always committed to the fight against counterfeit goods online. Every year the Allegro Intellectual Property Team organises a conference of the Rights Protection Cooperation Programme in order to spread and share knowledge about the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) concerning tangible goods. This year the 6th Conference took place on 2nd… » read more

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Posted by Dagmar Bartels

The European Court of Justice has invalidated the Safe Harbor. I think there are good legal, economic, data protection, and political grounds to question the wisdom of this judgment. Many people think that the judgment against the Safe Harbor can legitimately be questioned, both with regard to the powers of national data protection authorities (DPAs),… » read more

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Posted by Chris Sherwood

In this post we argue that the debate on the EU’s proposed General Data Protection Regulation is unhealthy: that ‘fundamental rights’ are used as a shield to avoid real discussions on practical implementation, that wild assertions are made about the economic effects of privacy rules, and that European industry’s views, when not dismissed as those… » read more

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Posted by Chris Sherwood

The Road to Nowhere

  Could EU data protection rules ultimately thwart the Juncker Commission’s digital ambitions?   The Juncker Commission’s flagship Digital Single Market Strategy, in the words of former DG CONNECT Director-General Robert Madelin[1], is “focused, ambitious, and risk-taking”. Indeed senior European Commission officials will acknowledge that in implementing the DSM, the Commission is going to have… » read more

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Posted by Chris Sherwood

I hate “limited liability”. It sounds either technical & legalistic (who really knows what it means?), or mealy-mouthed and self-serving (“we don’t want to take responsibility”). There’s got to be a better name for it – a name that is catchy and simple and easy to understand. I am offering a holiday in Bali to… » read more

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Posted by Chris Sherwood

By Siada El Ramly When revising the Payment Services Directive (PSD), the EU institutions have – quite rightly – emphasised the importance of security. This emphasis need not stifle innovation or deprive users of new products; but that is precisely the effect that the legislation will have – without making users any safer when they… » read more

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Posted by Daniela Borlea