Germany unveils its strategy on artificial intelligence
The German government published its strategy on artificial intelligence (AI) on 15 November 2018. Germany joins other EU countries, such as France, Sweden and the UK, with national AI strategies.
EU Weekly Report
This report recaps EU regulatory developments affecting the digital economy last week and lists the events taking place this week.
European Commission e-evidence proposals presented at Cullen International briefing
The Commission presented its proposals on cross-border access to electronic evidence and answered questions about the liability of service providers, compensation of their costs and links between the proposal and electronic communications data retention requirements.
No new e-privacy rules before European elections in May 2019
The Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU has confirmed that it will only present a progress report on the proposed e-Privacy Regulation (ePR) at the next Telecoms Council of 4 December 2018. Thus, the Council will not set its position on the ePR, at least, until 2019.
European Parliament votes in favour of the European Electronic Communications Code and BEREC Regulation
MEPs adopted the June 2018 compromise with the Council without amendments.
Argentina and Colombia apply VAT to digital services provided from outside the country
Argentina and Colombia have recently approved comprehensive tax reforms extending the scope of application of value added tax (VAT) to certain types of digital services provided by companies located aboard to people in Argentina or Colombia. This flash message analyses and compares the taxes in the two countries which although having a similar aim differ in approach to who is liable for collecting the tax. In Argentina, the local payment intermediaries (banks and credit card providers) must collect the tax. While in Colombia, the foreign digital service provider must collect and pay the VAT directly to the Colombian tax authority.