THE EMPLOYEE’S “PERSONAL DATA” BOUNDARIES

The case of the former CEO of the European Union Programmes Agency, Doreen Camilleri, set a precedent that confirmed that a corporate email address with an individual’s name should be considered as “personal data”.

After her job was terminated, the agency requested a password change for her corporate email address, however Ms Camilleri was not informed of this and she was blocked out of her account. A few days later, Ms Camilleri found out that her e-mail address was still in use, but she could not access it herself. …


EU ANTI-TAX AVOIDANCE DIRECTIVE IMPLEMENTED IN MALTA

On 11th December 2018, Legal Notice 411 was published in the Malta Government Gazette, titled, ‘European Union Anti-Tax Avoidance Directives Implementation Regulations,’falling under the Income Tax Act.

These regulations, which shall come into force on 1st January 2019, implement the provisions of Directive (EU) 2016/1164 of 12 July 2016 adopted by the Council of the European laying down rules against tax avoidance practices that directly affect the functioning of the internal market. …


MOONTEC2018 — COLD BUT FRIENDLY

The Nordic Blockchain Conference Moontec 2018 took place in the Estonian capital on 26–27th of November. This year the Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel) hosted the event, which attracted about 400 participants from the Baltic States, Russia, Central Europe and the US.

Moontec 2018 was made remarkable thanks to the high-quality speeches delivered by the representatives of large institutions, big companies and international agencies such as Maersk, Lloyd’s Register, DataDash, OKEx, Blockchain Innovation Hub at RMIT University, Microsoft, e-Residency, IBM, and Interpol amongst others. The speakers attracted attendees’ attention by providing informative data and real use-cases on two parallel-running stages covering…


G20 TO REGULATE “CRYPTO-ASSETS”

World leaders concluded the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires with a pledge to regulate “crypto-assets”. Representatives of the G20 member countries published the declaration entitled “Building consensus for fair and sustainable development” on the development of a unified legal system of a digital market regulation. In this document member nations of the G20 committed to building “an open and resilient financial system,” which mentions that it “is crucial to support sustainable growth.”

It is not the first attempt to create a unified regulatory framework within the international body. The European Union launched the General Data Protection Plan or GDPR in…


VAT GROUPING

Pursuant to the 2018 Government Budget Speech and the introduction of Subsidiary Legislation 406.21 Value Added Tax (Registration as a Single Taxable Person) Regulations, eligible entities are now able to register for VAT Grouping in Malta through the online application form issued by the Office of the Commissioner on 30th November 2018.

Any two or more legal persons established in Malta may apply to be registered as a single taxable person if the following conditions are satisfied:

  1. At least one group member is licensed under any of the Acts identified by the Regulations;
  2. Each of the applicants is bound to…

SIGNING OF THE MED7 DECLARATION ON BLOCKCHAIN

It was Malta who initiated the signing of the MED7 declaration on Blockchain and Technology this morning in Brussels, during the Council on Transport, Telecommunications and Energy. Silvio Schembri together with Southern European member states, France, Portugal, Cyprus, Italy, Greece and Spain have taken the first progressive step, committing to a collaboration between the countries in technological projects based on DLT and Blockchain.

It goes to show that Malta although one of the smallest countries in the EU is taking a ‘leading role’ within this sector.


BLOCKCHAIN LEADERSHIP SUMMIT — MADE FOR INDUSTRY LEADERS

The Blockchain Leadership Summit, organised by InnMind took place in the Congress Centre Basel, Switzerland on 23–24 November 2018. This large-scale event traditionally focuses on bringing the brightest minds within developing industries together with politicians, businessmen and large institutions.

The most promising projects are selected beforehand by the organising committee, and are offered the opportunity to meet and communicate directly with the investors and professional advisors, as well as to pitch their business models in front of a jury and a broad audience. The best startup team was selected by a professional panel of judges as well as summit participants…


Blockchain technology has formed a trend among many companies, many of which Fintech and ICOs aspiring to implement such innovative technology within their respective economic sectors. Many jurisdictions, however, have a different take to this disruptive technology — some are interested in regulating it such as Malta for instance, whilst others, such as China, are banning it.

In 2018, Malta has become a trailblazer to this new industry, passing 3 crypto-friendly bills which came to force in November. The aim the Maltese government was to keep this space competitive, regulated and thriving, attracting many foreign companies to set up shop…


E&S GROUP AT THIS YEAR’S SIGMA EXPO CONFERENCE

This year, SiGMA Expo is marking its 5th edition of its annual iGaming convention at the MFCC in Ta’ Qali. Dubbed ‘The World’s iGaming Village’, today SiGMA represents Malta’s largest iGaming event, gaining popularity among many foreign gaming companies which have settled in Malta’s booming economy. In fact, the number of iGaming companies that choose Malta is increasing. In 2017, the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) received 220 applications from remote gaming companies applying for a licence.

Malta is undoubtedly the iGaming hub of Europe with many companies selecting it over other jurisdictions. This is reflected in SiGMA’s attendance, with around…


NORDICS BLOCKCHAIN SUMMIT RETURNS TO ESTONIA

Moontec is an internationally recognised Nordic event, devoted to blockchain technology and its implementation in various industries and is proudly hosted in Tallinn every year.

When Estonia started building its information society about two decades ago, there was no digital data being collected about its citizens. The general population did not have internet access or even devices with which to use it. For this reason, it took great courage to invest in IT solutions and take the information technology route within that scenario.

Since this decision was taken in 1997, the best step-by-step implemented e-solutions have made Estonia one of…

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