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Breaking news from Latvia: cash will no longer be legal in real estate transactions

In May 2019, amendments to the Law on Taxes and Duties will enter force prohibiting cash payments in real estate transactions. The amendments aim to reduce the grey economy and restrict cash circulation, undercut potentially fraudulent transactions and money laundering. These amendments complement the existing legislation, which limits cash transactions above EUR 7200 threshold. This Read more

Latvian Register of Enterprises to verify beneficiaries

At the end of March 2019 the draft law to amend the Law on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing was prepared. The amendments provide series of changes, including granting Latvian Register of Enterprises additional rights to verify company’s true beneficiaries, as well as to register a warning if indicated information regarding such Read more

A special Commercial secret protection law adopted in Latvia

In the era of rapid development of information technologies and manufacturing, constantly increasing investments in scientific researches and innovations, the issue of legal protection of commercial secrets (such as technologies, expertise and information) has become more essential than ever. In order to improve national regulatory enactments in this area, on 28 February 2019 Latvia’s Parliament Read more

AUTONOMOUS AUTO IN LATVIA: SOLUTION OR PROBLEM?

The deployment of automated vehicle technologies by supporting and possibly replacing the driver in the performance of the driving task will significantly change the division of responsibilities between road users and those involved in the operation of the vehicle. In the near future a third level (SAE3[1][2]) automated driving system[3] might change the driver’s responsibilities Read more

The use of legitimate interest as the basis of processing in the Baltic states  

Lithuania  The legitimate interest, as TRINITI Lithuania legal practice shows, is one of the legitimate grounds for data processing and is used quite often in the activities of Lithuanian enterprises, but only in very specific and limited areas. Therefore, this, albeit flexible and useful legal ground for data processing, cannot be used unnecessarily. The “legitimate interest” as the basis for Read more

Estonian digital paw print in Europe

In December 2000, the Digital Signatures Act entered into force in Estonia. In less than two years, the first contract was concluded by using digital signature and soon electronic identification and digital signatures became part of daily life of Estonian people. When visiting other countries, we allowed ourselves an occasional smirk when looking how natives Read more