“He who would do good to another must do it in minute particulars: general good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite, and flatterer.”
Some sad news. On the 31st of December 2014 I will be withdrawing “
The Web Designer’s Guide to the Consumer Rights Directive” from sale. Continue reading
Looking down at small businesses as usual
By now we have all seen Vince Cable’s
utterly ignorant cut-and-paste PR statement response to the VATMOSS petition on Change.org.
The response has left the petition coordinator, Izzy Zinaburg,
having to essentially make a public apology for the Business Secretary’s confusion, as if he was a relative with dementia at a family Christmas party. Continue reading
Over the weekend I read all of the EU and UK legal texts, background documents, and supporting resources on the imminent EU VAT “Place of Supply” changes, colloquially known as #VATMOSS or #VATMESS.
My conclusion is that this is the end of small enterprise and self-employment.
This post is given over to some bite-sized European cookie law updates.
which affects you if you sell e-books, themes, plugins, icons, tunes, digital downloads, or any intangible digital products online IN or TO the EU. If you are a sole trader or a microbusiness you have until 1 January 2015 to make some very difficult decisions. Over at Everyday Designer I’ve written about the imminent EU VAT reform
Trigger warning: taxes, paperwork, bureaucracy, headaches, completely freaking out
The Information Commissioner’s Office, the UK government agency which polices the EU Cookie Law in the UK, has released
the statistics on cookie law reports they received in the 3rd quarter of 2014. Continue reading
The video of my presentation on what’s new in web design and development law from WordCamp Manchester is now up at
Topics included the Consumer Rights Directive, the EU cookie law, the BPAS data breach, and Nominet’s crackdown on domain privacy.
This video is geared towards a UK audience and is not legal advice.
Presentation slides and links