Industry 4.0 – Legal challenges of digitization

An important aspect of the Digital Single Market of the EU Commission strategy, as well as the announced for Spring 2016 Digitising European Industry Action Plan is the intelligent design of the relevant legal framework. Digitalization provides our existing legal systems with new challenges, especially in areas such as data rights (privacy, data / IT security, ownership of data), warranty and liability issues in autonomous systems, IP and contract law. The focus of the debate on the progressive digitization is the question whether existing legal framework can be adapted to the digitization or principle must be remodeled. Many companies that develop or offer new innovative products or services are currently confronted with cross-industry business retardant legal gray areas.

The main conclusion of the study is that a European solution would considerably strengthen the innovative power within the EU. The reason is that fragmented national regulation directly negative impact on the implementation of industry 4.0. In order not to hamper the development of new business models and innovations by a highly restricted access to freely available data, a premature regulation of property rights will be rejected by the companies surveyed. In this connection, but is also highlighted the need to develop a single European data protection law. The protection and liability issues of personal data should be addressed quickly. Especially in the field of autonomous systems a revision of Liability Act is inevitable. But the game ball is not solely in Brussels or national authorities. The study has decidedly the high rates of ownership of companies, especially in the area of ​​contract law.

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Study “Industrie 4.0 – Rechtliche Herausforderungen zur der Digitalisierung”

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