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eco Association Specifies Three Requirements for Further Progressing E-Invoicing

  • eco Association calls for stronger upskilling of users, a greater tailoring to practical user needs, and a certification of the quality of systems
  • A re-opened discussion about hybrid formats could further strengthen acceptance

The discussion around electronic invoicing has picked up considerable momentum in recent weeks. This topic was the subject of discussion at the “Digitaler Staat” (Digital State) Expert Congress in Berlin, the BME eSolutions Days in Dusseldorf, and the Berlin E-Invoicing Congress. Continue reading

eco Association: German Business is Awaiting the GDPR with Bated Breath

  • Marketing decision-makers are working towards meeting the requirements of the GDPR before May
  • Only 13 percent of companies see themselves as being legally on the safe side

From May onwards, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will change the rules of the game for email marketing. But the companies who are really well prepared for it are the exception rather than the rule: Only ten percent have evaluated their processes with regard to the GDPR and adapted them accordingly; most companies (56 percent) are currently still working on this. This is the finding of a recent survey undertaken by the eco Association and ABSOLIT Consulting amongst 600 marketing decision-makers, representative of larger enterprises in Germany. “The decision-makers in companies now need to face up to the challenges and meet the new requirements in email marketing,” urges Dr. Torsten Schwarz, Head of the Online Marketing Competence Group at eco – Association of the Internet industry. Continue reading

Blockchain: "The Possible Application Scenarios are Almost Unlimited”

As a technical platform for digital innovations, blockchain is a term currently on everyone's lips – given that, as a cross-sectional technology, it enables transparent and tamper-proof transactions. The application possibilities appear to be practically unlimited. In interview, Stephan Zimprich, eco Director for Blockchain, explains the advantages of the technology and describes some scenarios that have already been tried-and-tested. Continue reading

BREXIT and 300,000 Domain Names: EU Commission Decision on the .eu Top-Level Domain

As negotiations proceed towards the ultimate separation of the United Kingdom from the EU, the European Commission has come to a decision on European domain names: British businesses that are not also established in the EU and private individuals living in the UK will no longer fulfill the legal requirements to have a .eu URL. The Commission “Notice to Stakeholders”, published on 28 March 2018, warns that when Britain becomes a third country, such businesses and private parties will no longer be able to register or renew the registration of a .eu website address. Continue reading