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Axel Spies

German attorney-at-law (Rechtsanwalt)

Dr. Axel Spies is a German attorney (Rechtsanwalt) in Washington, DC, and co-publisher of the German journals Multi-Media-Recht (MMR) and Zeitschrift für Datenschutz (ZD).

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The Fight Against Money Laundering: Germany Expands its Transparency Register

In Germany and the United States, criminals often hide behind a complicated web of companies that does not reveal the individuals who control the entities. But there are also many …

The German Corona Summit Strategy Has Failed

The Germans are known for their word creations: Maskenverweigerer (anti-masker), Impfmuffel (anti-vaxxer), Coronaleugner (denying that the virus is a health risk), and the English/German tongue-twister Wellenbrecherlockdown (breaking a Corona wave …

No More Data from Germany? European Court of Justice Invalidates the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

On July 16, 2020, the “Grand Chamber” of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) invalidated the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. The EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks were designed by the …

Telehealth Is Here to Stay—In the United States and in Germany

Before COVID-19, telehealth (a patient seeing and talking to a doctor or other health care provider over the Internet) has long been viewed as an ancillary mode of medical treatment …

Corona Virus: Whatever Happens, the Crisis Has an Impact on Data Protection Rights

How will data protection rights fare in times of a crisis? What happens with the gathered information once the crisis is over? The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) contains …

Businesses Already Struggle with a Panoply of New Privacy Laws. The CCPA Is Next.

May 25, 2018, was a milestone for privacy in Europe. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of 2016 became fully applicable. One of GDPR’s goals is a “consistent and high …

Blockchain: Chained Up by Legal Issues

The German government acknowledges that interest in blockchain technology is growing rapidly and new applications are emerging almost daily. Blockchain as a technology even made it into the German CDU/SPD …

One Year GDPR: What Comes Next?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on May 25, 2018. Many EU and U.S. businesses rushed to take measures to comply with the new requirements. The GDPR …

EU Blocking Statute and U.S. Sanctions: Difficult Choices for German Companies

The first batch of re-imposed U.S. sanctions on Iran is in effect. As a countermeasure, the EU has updated its already existing Blocking Statute with measures that entered into force …

EU Data Protection: GDPR In Full Force and Now?

On the Rocky Road toward Compliance with No Time to Lose When the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the EU entered into force on May 25, this was a …

Congress Approves Data Access Outside of the United States (CLOUD Act) – But the EU May Not Like It

The Italian Machiavelli once famously stated: “I am not interested in preserving the status quo, I want to overthrow it.”  It is no secret that many U.S. government officials and …

Net Neutrality Day of Action: Why Not in Europe?

Net Neutrality is the concept that everyone should have equal access to all online content (email, video, music, websites) without Internet providers being able to throttle, block, or discriminate against …

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