ICT law is a collective name for the broad range of legal disciplines that the digital world has to deal with and regulates the legal consequences of the use of information and communication technology in our society.
The digital era creates numerous legal challenges. They are related to, inter alia, the privacy and the protection of (personal) data, intellectual property (apart from the traditional exclusivity rights like the copyrights and the trademark rights there is also question of legal protection for computer programs, databases, semiconductor chips, and domain names), electronic commerce, and agreements via the internet, typical ICT agreements for the development of computer programs and the supply of certain information services (‘Service Level Agreements’, cloud computing, etc.), the legal validity of the electronic signature, rules about online advertising and spam, the freedom of expression via the internet, telecommunications law, competition law, online crowd funding, online competitions and games of chance, computer criminality, criminal and civil liability, international private law, etc.
As digital represents the ‘new normal’ and our daily lives are, both personally and professionally, inextricably linked with it this legal domain belongs to the everyday practice of our firm. The importance of correct compliance with the legislation and regulations cannot be underestimated. In the future infringers of, for instance, privacy rules will, apart from the confrontation with legal issues, be subject to significant financial penalties. The European Union is currently working on unified privacy regulations, which illustrates the importance of this subject matter even more.