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By their very nature Web 2.0 services are novel and disruptive. Through our understanding of the technology we have no learning curve and, in particular, the context in which they are developed, commercialized and used by customers (and the way this varies across jurisdictions). We understand the culture of companies providing Web 2.0 service and so can tailor our advice for practical and immediate implementation. Baker & McKenzie can deliver value to you because we understand the economics behind the services and can spot the issues where others can't.

Drawing on our top rated IP, Media and IT practices and our unrivaled experience at the forefront of technological development to provide practical, implementable advice, on a national and global level, we can help you by:

  • Advising on 'red flag' issues when considering or launching a new service/feature and providing risk assessments and risk mitigation solutions
  • Focusing on intermediary liability (copyright infringement, trademark infringement, illegal content), data protection and child protection issues
  • Providing advice and transactional support on deals involving Web 2.0 services
  • Liaising with regulators and law enforcement in relation to Web 2.0 services
  • Providing litigation support in disputes involving Web 2.0 services
  • Lobbying governments/agencies (both national and at EU level) on regulatory issues impacting Web 2.0 services
  • Managing the localization of terms of service and privacy policies for Web 2.0 services across multiple jurisdictions

The German Federal Ministry of the Interior has recently published its administrative guidance regarding a "no spy guarantee" for companies that enter into certain procurement contracts with the German Federal Government. Several recent press articles also purport that a number of Federal States, so far including the states of Bremen, Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Saxony-Anhalt, also plan to introduce comparable guarantee requirements for their IT tender procedures.
On 20 August 2014, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior presented a draft legislation that introduces mandatory IT and cyber security measures designed to ensure the protection of IT systems. The Draft IT Security Act is part of the Federal Government's Digital Agenda 2014-2017, and provides for binding minimum IT security standards for critical infrastructures. The attached Client Alert outlines the draft and discusses its requirements.
Our lawyers summarise Australian regulatory news for October 2013 to keep you informed of the latest regulatory developments affecting the telecommunications sector in Australia.
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We started with a vision of going global and were in eight countries before our 10th anniversary. Today we have 77 offices in 47 countries -- including the emerging markets so important to the growth of your business.
We offer world-class career opportunities around the globe, while our entrepreneurial culture makes Baker & McKenzie a unique place to develop professionally.

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