By Carol Umhoefer

By now, everyone has heard of the draft EU Data Protection Regulation that is expected to replace the current Data Protection Directive, which dates from 1995.  The key innovative provisions in the Regulation will significantly affect online fashion retailers by widening the territorial scope of EU data protection laws.  Bricks-and-mortar fashion retailers in the EU, who are already subject to the Directive, will also feel the impact of the Regulation in many ways, including a new obligation to appoint a Data Protection Officer.


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Reposted from Law A La Mode 

By: Kai Bodenstedt and Astrid Schnabel

Labor Unions and Collective Bargaining Agreements

As the profits of German online retailers increase, so too do the HR pressures that such businesses face. As electronic retail businesses hire more and more workers, they are increasingly faced with labor law issues. For example, the primary German trade union for the retail sector, ver.di, has tried desperately to get a foot in the door at several online retailers.


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Reposted from Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Security, Security Breaches, Technology and Commercial

By: Tara Swaminatha and Aravind Swaminathan

If your company has a Point of Sale (POS) terminal anywhere in its infrastructure, you are no doubt aware from the active media coverage that malware attacks have been plaguing POS systems across the country.

Just within the past week, the New York Times has reported that:

Companies are often slow to disclose breaches, often because of the time involved in immediately-required investigations;

Congress is beginning to make inquiries of data breach victim companies; and

Even those companies who have conducted cybersecurity risk assessments still get attacked, often during the course of implementing new solutions to mitigate potential problems and protect their customers’ payment cards or other personal information.

Former employees can be a source of information to the media about your efforts to investigate and secure your POS systems.


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By Ed Chatterton

Unlike many countries, it is not possible to register trademarks for retail services in China. This position has recently changed with the implementation on January 1, 2013 of the revised Chinese Trademark Office (CTMO) trademark classification which now recognizes retail and wholesale services, albeit in a limited way. The CTMO’s revised classification now recognizes seven new items of services in Class 3509 covering “retail and wholesale services for pharmaceutical, veterinary and hygienic preparations and goods for pharmaceutical purposes.” These new service specifications will protect the sale of pharmaceutical, veterinary, and hygienic preparations across all points of sale, including traditional “brick and mortar” stores as well as online retailers.


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