Digitalisation is progressing further and further in large steps. This can be seen in various industries and in many different ways. However, digitization has also brought with it various new technologies in the construction industry: Building Information Modeling, or "BIM" for short. This is a 3D building model that enables all those involved in the planning, construction and operation of a building to work together on this model.
The next digital revolution has already begun. Fascinating (art) projects present the public with astonishing possibilities of artificial intelligence, which will soon find its way into all areas of life and become an indispensable part of everyday life. It is legally unclear whether and to what extent results created by artificial intelligence (e.g. images) can be protected by copyright.
Only one's own thoughts are unrestrictedly free. Everyone knows, however, that even freedom of expression protected by fundamental rights has its limits. Nevertheless, in the social media all limits of decency often fall in the assessment of third parties who have different opinions, origins, sexual orientation, political views or are simply fans of another football club. It is obvious that this cannot only lead to interpersonal conflicts, but also to considerable legal consequences.
The proud father puts photos of his underage child on the Internet and also uses WhatsApp to send various pictures to friends and acquaintances who show the child in his family environment. The underage child of course has no idea of the distribution and publication of these photos. Are these activities acceptable or are there legal possibilities to prevent this?
One would like to think "Everything makes the DSGVO new", and in fact with the data protection basic regulation (DSGVO) which came into force on 25.05.2018, the data protection directive dating from 1995 was updated in many areas. At the same time, the rules for the processing of personal data for archiving purposes in the public interest, for scientific or historical research purposes or for statistical purposes were also changed. According to the understanding of the DSGVO, the term "research" is to be interpreted broadly...
With the Public Procurement Reform Act 2018, the progressing digitization has also made a significant impact on public procurement law: Since 18.10.2018, all public contracting authorities have been obliged to conduct award procedures in the cross-threshold sector electronically. In recent months, numerous empirical values have been gathered on e-procurement. These show that both the client and contractor sides have become very friendly with electronic procedures and that initial scepticism has evaporated.