Internet Law and Regulation


Our firm has over 15 years’ experience in advising clients on all aspects of doing business on the internet, including on the legal structuring of offerings for the sale of all types of products and services, including ebanking products, electronic money, electronics products, ebooks, insurance products, mobile apps, loans, medicinal products, and payment services. We have also provided the legal documents for online auctions, online price comparison, online shops and advised extensively on legal aspects of social networking sites.

We have advised on internet specific compliance issue for companies including consumer rights, data protection, on identity verification issues, on binding parties to an online contract, on qualified electronic signatures (where required), internet security issues, intellectual property right protection, privacy policies, advertising and comparative advertising online, conflict of laws issues and how to deal them.

Our firm has also advised technology and internet companies on the taking of investment, corporate structures, the purchase and sale of technology companies and the structuring of product offerings, particularly those geared to the financial services and insurance sectors.

More particularly we have extensive experience in drafting

  • Agreements for the purchase, sale and maintenance of communications products
  • Channel Partner agreements
  • Cookies – how the law regulates them and drafting Cookies Notices
  • Content regulation on the internet
  • Content Provider agreements and drafting of same
  • Consumer Protection and Data Protection compliance
  • Cybersquatting and domain names
  • Development Agreements for eCommerce platforms for financial services
  • Electronic money services and their structuring
  • Facility management agreements and disaster recovery agreements
  • Identity theft on the internet
  • Intellectual Property rights in an internet environment, and how to protect them
  • Interception and monitoring of communications, impact on communications providers
  • Interlinking agreements for web platforms/websites
  • Internet auctions, structuring terms and conditions for the sale of products by auction over the internet
  • Internet advertising and marketing agreements, their structuring, including online marketing, internet advertising or e-marketing
  • Internet shopping offerings, their structuring
  • Internet email policies for companies, their structuring
  • Internet franchise agreements, competition law compliance
  • Licensing, sound and television, codes and rules, advice on
  • Network security requirements, to whom do they apply and proposals for change.
  • Numbers, connection with communications and internet services, rights to access and use, portability, withdrawal, sub-allocation issues
  • Outsourcing, structuring sector specific outsourcing agreements
  • Online defamation claims and acting for plaintiffs and defendants
  • Payment services for each payment service provider provided for under Payment Services Directive II, their structuring and drafting
  • Price Comparison sites, legal advice on their structuring privacy statements for websites, their structuring
  • Premium rate services regulation
  • Privacy policies/statements their drafting and bringing to notice of users
  • SaaS, PaaS agreements and ASP agreements, how they differ and structuring each of them
  • Significant market power in communications, what it means, and how it will apply in the context of Next Generation Networks
  • Structuring an online marketplace offering in a specific sector, and structuring social networking terms and conditions
  • Structuring social media platforms
  • Website terms and conditions
  • Website legal audits
  • Website user agreements
  • Website hosting agreements
  • WEEE Regulations compliance for internet retailers under the Waste Management (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) regulations 2005
  • Website development agreements, search engine optimisation agreements and data hosting agreements, their drafting and structuring

Related Insights - News & Publications

Monitoring of Employees Communications

19 September 2017 by Alban O'Callaghan, Trainee Solicitor

On the 5th September 2017, the European Court of Human Rights delivered judgment in the case of Barbulescu v Romania which is set to have far reaching consequences for employers. The decision comes against a backdrop of litigation instituted by the appellant, Mr Bogdan Mihai Barbulescu, in 2007 against his employer following their monitoring of personal communications that he sent over an instant messaging service to his brother and fiancé. Following the appellant’s complaint that his employer’s actions constituted a criminal offence, his contract of employment was terminated.

The Law on the use of Faraday Cages in Public Establishments

9 August 2016 by Alban O'Callaghan, Trainee Solicitor

A publican in East Sussex, England recently installed a material in the walls of his premises which had the effect of preventing patrons from using their smartphones while inside.

Key Contacts
Paul Foley
Partner

IFSC, Dublin
Paul practises both English and Irish law and specialises in cross border financial services law, online trade and internet law.

T: +353 (0) 1 670 2990

F: +353 (0) 1 670 2988

E: pfoley@mckr.ie

Andrew Clarke
Solicitor

IFSC, Dublin
Andrew also advises on corporate structures, mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the Charity sector, company law compliance and corporate governance.

T: +353 (0) 1 670 2990

F: +353 (0) 1 670 2988

E: aclarke@mckr.ie



Internet Law and Regulation


Our firm has over 15 years’ experience in advising clients on all aspects of doing business on the internet, including on the legal structuring of offerings for the sale of all types of products and services, including ebanking products, electronic money, electronics products, ebooks, insurance products, mobile apps, loans, medicinal products, and payment services. We have also provided the legal documents for online auctions, online price comparison, online shops and advised extensively on legal aspects of social networking sites.

We have advised on internet specific compliance issue for companies including consumer rights, data protection, on identity verification issues, on binding parties to an online contract, on qualified electronic signatures (where required), internet security issues, intellectual property right protection, privacy policies, advertising and comparative advertising online, conflict of laws issues and how to deal them.

Our firm has also advised technology and internet companies on the taking of investment, corporate structures, the purchase and sale of technology companies and the structuring of product offerings, particularly those geared to the financial services and insurance sectors.

More particularly we have extensive experience in drafting

  • Agreements for the purchase, sale and maintenance of communications products
  • Channel Partner agreements
  • Cookies – how the law regulates them and drafting Cookies Notices
  • Content regulation on the internet
  • Content Provider agreements and drafting of same
  • Consumer Protection and Data Protection compliance
  • Cybersquatting and domain names
  • Development Agreements for eCommerce platforms for financial services
  • Electronic money services and their structuring
  • Facility management agreements and disaster recovery agreements
  • Identity theft on the internet
  • Intellectual Property rights in an internet environment, and how to protect them
  • Interception and monitoring of communications, impact on communications providers
  • Interlinking agreements for web platforms/websites
  • Internet auctions, structuring terms and conditions for the sale of products by auction over the internet
  • Internet advertising and marketing agreements, their structuring, including online marketing, internet advertising or e-marketing
  • Internet shopping offerings, their structuring
  • Internet email policies for companies, their structuring
  • Internet franchise agreements, competition law compliance
  • Licensing, sound and television, codes and rules, advice on
  • Network security requirements, to whom do they apply and proposals for change.
  • Numbers, connection with communications and internet services, rights to access and use, portability, withdrawal, sub-allocation issues
  • Outsourcing, structuring sector specific outsourcing agreements
  • Online defamation claims and acting for plaintiffs and defendants
  • Payment services for each payment service provider provided for under Payment Services Directive II, their structuring and drafting
  • Price Comparison sites, legal advice on their structuring privacy statements for websites, their structuring
  • Premium rate services regulation
  • Privacy policies/statements their drafting and bringing to notice of users
  • SaaS, PaaS agreements and ASP agreements, how they differ and structuring each of them
  • Significant market power in communications, what it means, and how it will apply in the context of Next Generation Networks
  • Structuring an online marketplace offering in a specific sector, and structuring social networking terms and conditions
  • Structuring social media platforms
  • Website terms and conditions
  • Website legal audits
  • Website user agreements
  • Website hosting agreements
  • WEEE Regulations compliance for internet retailers under the Waste Management (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) regulations 2005
  • Website development agreements, search engine optimisation agreements and data hosting agreements, their drafting and structuring

Related Insights -
News & Publications

Monitoring of Employees Communications

19 September 2017 by Alban O'Callaghan, Trainee Solicitor


On the 5th September 2017, the European Court of Human Rights delivered judgment in the case of Barbulescu v Romania which is set to have far reaching consequences for employers. The decision comes against a backdrop of litigation instituted by the appellant, Mr Bogdan Mihai Barbulescu, in 2007 against his employer following their monitoring of personal communications that he sent over an instant messaging service to his brother and fiancé. Following the appellant’s complaint that his employer’s actions constituted a criminal offence, his contract of employment was terminated.

The Law on the use of Faraday Cages in Public Establishments

9 August 2016 by Alban O'Callaghan, Trainee Solicitor


A publican in East Sussex, England recently installed a material in the walls of his premises which had the effect of preventing patrons from using their smartphones while inside.

Key Contacts
Paul Foley

Partner

IFSC, Dublin
Paul practises both English and Irish law and specialises in cross border financial services law, online trade and internet law.

Tel: +353 (0) 1 670 2990

Fax: +353 (0) 1 670 2988

Email: pfoley@mckr.ie

Andrew Clarke

Solicitor

IFSC, Dublin
Andrew also advises on corporate structures, mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the Charity sector, company law compliance and corporate governance.

Tel: +353 (0) 1 670 2990

Fax: +353 (0) 1 670 2988

Email: aclarke@mckr.ie