Below you can find our quarterly TMT newsletter, covering statistics of GDPR-related fines and transposition of the European Accessibility Act in the Baltics, as well as updates about the deployment of 5G in Estonia and Lithuania.
The European Accessibility Act sets out new product rules for electronic goods and online services in order to better accommodate their use by everyone. In order to transpose these rules, new laws have been adopted in the Baltics.
The primary committee of the European Parliament is preparing to take a final stance on the Chips Act
The changes prohibit micro-targeting, ban non-EU actors from paying for political advertising in the EU and make information on political advertising financing and engagement more widely available.
The approved text establishes a legal presumption of employment for self-employed platform workers and strengthens workers’ rights and protections in the context of algorithmic management.
Data protection: How to market in the Baltic states?
New data published on GDPR fines and personal data breach notifications reported in the Baltics, starting from 2018 until the end of 2022.
The EDPB welcomes substantial improvements, such as the introduction of requirements embodying the principles of necessity and proportionality for U.S. intelligence gathering of data and the new redress mechanism for EU data subjects.
Health tech operates at the crossroads of health law and technology law. While navigating the labyrinth of legislation can be tricky, finding the right path to follow is critical.
With the Tehnopol Science and Business Park, Tallinn launches the “Test in Tallinn” project, where companies from around the world can test their green technologies.
The new coalition is planning to implement a financial contribution obligation for VOD providers under the mechanism provided by the Audiovisual Media Services Directive.
Do you know your rights and responsibilities when trading with digital art (NFTs included)? Are you aware of the risks to consider while uploading your artwork in a public space like the internet?
The strategy includes essential elements of the electronic media industry’s operation, development, regulation and supervision. The strategic priorities envisage protecting Latvia’s information space, strengthening local content in the national language and ensuring a safe environment for the development of electronic media, and the creation and availability of quality content.
Lithuania introduces draft laws establishing criminal liability for manipulation of online platforms and new obligations for operators
According to information published by the National Security and Defense Committee of the Parliament, social networks and other Internet platforms are the spaces where disinformation and propaganda are spread, and forces hostile to the state are able to manipulate information through networks of robotic profiles (so-called “bot farms”). However, Internet platforms are not putting in enough effort to solve this issue effectively (this is mainly supported by the recent case with “Meta”, where it refused to alter its algorithms in relation to the information published about the war in Ukraine). Therefore, new draft laws are aimed at establishing stricter responsibility for increasing the visibility of content directed against the national interests of the state of Lithuania.
Draft amendments to the Law on Provision of Information to the Public and the Criminal Code have been registered in the Lithuanian parliament but have not yet been adopted.
The Estonian regulator has announced its third 5G frequency license competition and will auction frequency in the 26 GHz 5G frequency band. A total of six frequency blocks of 400 MHz will be auctioned, with each participant being able to acquire a maximum of two frequency blocks.
At the end of the third quarter of 2022, there were 211 base stations operating in Lithuania, whereas in November, the number of 5G NR base stations had already reached 1300.
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