This GvW International Newsletter deals with the recent statement of German data protection authorities and the most recent ECJ Decision on Google Analytics, which will make it much more difficult for German website owners to use this popular Google tool in future.
In this issue we report on the recent ruling of the General Court of the European Union (EGC) in which it annulled the Commission’s decision demanding the recovery of State aid. ‘The action for annulment had been brought before the EGC by the Republic of Ireland and Apple subsidiaries. Which means that Apple Group is still getting off scot-free – at least for now – as far as the repayment of alleged State aid regarding Irish tax rulings is concerned.
We also comment on a draft Bill of the German Federal Ministry of Finance which ratifies the Multilateral Instrument, a recent international tax treaty.
Furthermore, we report on a BGH judgment which stated that the merchant is not liable for the customer reviews on a trading platform (in that case Amazon).
In addition our Istanbul office comments on recent changes in the law which are aimed at minimizing the negative impact of the covid-19 pandemic in Turkey and provides information on a new law amending the Turkish Competition Law.
We wish you an interesting read!
Dr Gökce Uzar Schüller, Attorney at Law, Frankfurt and Istanbul