The Serbian State Aid Control Commission requires alignment of fiscal aid schemes Serbia's fiscal state aid schemes have been recurringly designated in the European Commission's annual Progress Reports on Serbia's progress in the process of implementing obligations from the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (“SAA”) as incompatible with state aid rules. Auto Draft 4 Don’t take lightly the “necessity” requirement for collection of geolocation data, CNIL says On 7 July 2022, the French supervisory authority (CNIL) imposed a EUR 175,000 fine on Ubeeqo International, a car rental service provider. Ubeeqo was found to be collecting customers’ geolocation data constantly and thus infringed the privacy of its customers. Open banking in a closed market In 2014, Serbia made a big step forward in aligning its payment services regulations with the EU rules. The Payment Services Act, a local equivalent of the first Payment Services Directive (“PSD1“), was adopted, opening the doors of the industry to non-bank service providers. Cloud provider a joint controller? Slovenian regulator joins CNIL in saying Yes On 1 June 2022, the Slovenian supervisory authority (Information Commissioner) rendered a decision ordering a cloud provider to enter into joint controllership arrangements with its clients. The decision is noteworthy as a rare instance in which a supervisory authority determined that a cloud provider is a joint data controller, rather than a data processor. M&A trends in Serbia in light of COVID-19 Key takeaways from the ongoing UK data protection reform On June 17, the UK government introduced in the House of Commons the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill, a 192-page document containing numerous amendments to the country’s data protection laws.

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