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Draft amendment to the Polish act on consumer rights in connection with the implementation of the directive on digital content and digital services

In May 2019, the European Union issued two directives, namely the one on the contractual aspects of the supply of digital content and digital services (“Directive on digital content“, EU 2019/770) and on the contractual aspects of the sale of goods (“Directive on the sale of goods“), EU 2019/771).

The main objective of both Directives is to contribute to the proper functioning of the internal market and ensure a high level of consumer protection, in particular by establishing rules common to all Member States on contracts for the supply of digital content or digital services concluded between traders and consumers. This is especially about introducing into Polish law provisions on the compliance of digital content or digital service with the contract, in the event of non-compliance of the digital content or digital service with the contract.

The Ministry of Justice has prepared a draft amendment to the provisions of the Act on Consumer Rights and the Civil Code, the purpose of which is to implement the provisions of EU directives related to the pursuit of greater protection for consumers concluding contracts for the supply of digital content or digital services with entrepreneurs. Poland is obliged to implement both directives by 1.7.2021, with effect from 1.1.2022.

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New limitations of the European Commission in the use of artificial intelligence.

Facial recognition technology has gained popularity among companies as a means of monitoring activities for security purposes and confirming the identity of customers. The European Commission has proposed new regulations on the use of artificial intelligence technologies. The regulations are designed to support innovations, such as the use of AI to improve production, forecast climate change and increase user confidence in new generation products with versatile applications.

On the other hand, the use of technologies harmful to the citizens of the European Union, violating their right to privacy, is to be prohibited or subject to restrictions. The proposal is based on a ban on the use of real-time facial recognition by law enforcement, with exceptions. Another assumption is also to prohibit the use of certain types of artificial intelligence systems. The body of the European Union proposed the introduction of a new law that would regulate the issue of using artificial intelligence.

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Participation of the partners of KIEŁTYKA GŁADKOWSKI in the LEGAL TECH conference and in the annual meeting of the Deutsch-Nordischen Juristenvereinigung e.V.

Participation of the partners of KIEŁTYKA GŁADKOWSKI in the LEGAL TECH conference and in the annual Deutsch-Nordischen Juristenvereinigung e.V.

On April 23, 2021, the partners of Kiełtyka Gładkowski KG LEGAL as part of their membership in the international legal organization Deutsch-Nordischen Juristenvereinigung e.V. will take part in the annual meeting of members of this organization. On the occassion of the annual meeting, the organization organized an international online conference on legal issues called “Legal tech” in the form of two main lectures and online discussions:

  1. “Use of legal tech: status, opportunities and challenges in the Legal advice”, by Attorney Dr. Mathias Schulze Steinen, LL.M. (Helsinki) from DLA Piper UK LLP, Frankfurt am Main;
  2. “Online contract negotiation – possibilities & challenges”, by Attorney Anders Perméus, LL.M. (Heidelberg) from Law firm Swedish Legal Tech AB, Stockholm.

Legal tech issues are among the priority specializations of KG LEGAL KIEŁTYKA GŁADKOWSKI law firm.

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“Globalization and Cooperation: What Technologized Future Will We Create?” roundtable

On 14 April 2021 Attorney Jakub Gładkowski is taking part in “Globalization and Cooperation: What Technologized Future Will We Create?” roundtable organized by Techonomy. Some of the speakers featured will be Joy Tan – SVP, Public Affairs, Huawei Technologies USA and Scott Malcomson – Author of Splinternet: How Geopolitics and Commerce are Fragmenting the World Wide Web (2015). Director of special projects, Strategic Insight Group; former foreign editor, New York Times Magazine.

Some of the topics discussed will be 5G technology and how it will enable the future of such sectors as manufacturing, transportation, banking, education, and health care.

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KG LEGAL KIELTYKA GLADKOWSKI has taken part in Coffee or Cognac networking event organized by ITechLaw Association as its member.

The networking event is a great occasion to connect with other technology lawyers regardless of where they live and discuss, less formally than usual, the most recent cases that they handled.

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