By Dr. Ulrike Grübler & Michael Schidler

Almost 5 years ago, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) agreed on the stepwise introduction of new generic Top Level Domains (new gTLDs). Around 970 new domain names such as .ticket, .music and .luxury have become available for registration of second level domains since then. In April 2016, the number of registrations under the new gTLDs hit 17 million. But that is not all: According to ICANN, over 1,300 new names or “strings” will become available in the next few years.
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Authored by James Clark

Earlier this month, the UK data protection authority, the Information Commissioner’s Officer (“ICO”), published guidance on safely processing personal data derived from Wi-Fi location analytics. This guidance is important not only to retail businesses who provide Wi-Fi networks to their customers, but also to companies who just provide Wi-Fi access solely to their employees. With most large organisations and businesses now providing Wi-Fi access it is certainly a fitting time to consider this issue.
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By Alexandra Kamerling and Marianna Kinsella (London)

The European Commission has announced a competition law inquiry into the e-commerce sector in the context of a Digital Single Market strategy in the EU.  The Commission suspects that companies that engage in selling consumer goods on the Internet may be restricting online trade by using anti-competitive methods such as territorial fragmentation and restrictions of price competition.
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