Internet and the various on-line platforms as a whole have become an intrinsic and mandatory part of the functioning of any society. The function itself aims to facilitate the access to information and on the overall, to goods and services. We can imagine how, before the invention of Internet and its preceding communication services, traders, entrepreneurs and other ambitious people had to travel for hours, days, and even weeks, in order to arrive at the place which would provide them with a given goods or product. The written communication which followed and the arrival of the desired articles could take on the overall a significant period of time. It is good that we live in the 21st century and not in the 17th one, for instance. Nowadays, everyone may connect with someone else through quick and accessible communication means, to present their idea and to conclude a contract which is beneficial for both parties. As an American business lector says: „Business possibilities have never been as accessible as they are nowadays, and we all will be very thoughtless, if we do not avail of this“. Objectively speaking, this is the very truth. Everyone may create a web-page, on-line shop or another platform, where they may offer goods or services. Each serious business should have a web-page, since reality rules: „If you are not present on the Internet, you do not actually exist“. The world has turned into a global commercial network, especially after we have the privilege for Bulgaria to be member of an union the major idea of which is the free movement of goods and services and where there are no custom regimes in practice. We have the possibility to trade with and offer to more than 500 million of people in the Community. Not to mention the global options, the most evident examples of which are „Amazon”, “Ebay”, “Alibaba”, “Aliexpress” and more. Visionaries, such as Jeff Bezos (“Amazon” – who as of now is the richest man in the world) and Jack Ma (“Alibaba” and “Aliexpress”) have availed of this possibility to the greatest possible extent.
With the expanding globalization and the increasing role of Internet, the governments are continuously strengthening the regulatory regimes concerning the network. A topical example of this is the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, which will affect not only the persons processing personal data on the territory of the European Union, but also persons which are located outside the Union, but processing personal data of European citizens. The fines and the property sanctions have increased drastically. There are also a number of other regulatory actions affecting on-line business, whereas the competent State structures undoubtedly have intensified their controlling activity. An undisputed fact is that, at establishment of an on-line business or bringing an already existing one in compliance with the legal framework, experienced legal experts are required. The latter should work hand in hand with the persons designing, maintaining or optimising the web-sites and the on-line platforms.
“Ivanchov & Partners” conform to the needs of the current and future on-line and Internet entrepreneurs. We develop specialized strategies, jointly with our partners who create the platforms whereas, in the field of Internet and on-line regulations, we offer the following services:
- Preparation of general terms for web-sites and Internet platforms;
- Communication with the Personal Data Protection Commission;
- Cooperation on issues concerning the Consumer Protection Act;
- Issues concerning Competition Law;
- Legal support under the E-Trade Act;
- Preparation of a data protection officer (DPO);
- Implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data in the internal rules of the on-line platforms;
- Legal advice to natural persons possessing on-line platforms processing personal data;
- Advice regarding commercial messages;
- Partnership with a leading company designing, maintaining and optimizing web-sites and on-line platforms;
- Administrative or court appealing of imposed fines or property sanctions by the various State authorities – the Consumer Protection Commission, the Commission for Protection of Competition, the Personal Data Protection Commission and more.