Scotland is set to have its first ever Biometrics Commissioner, as a direct response to the recognition from government that biometric data can be collected by the police often without individual consent, and needs particular regulatory attention.
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Consumer sales are regulated to a significant extent within the UK and also within Europe. A recent case in Germany looked at the 14-day right to withdraw from distance or off-premises contracts. In particular, the excepting where if a transaction involved "a contract for the supply of sealed goods which are not suitable for return due to health protection or hygiene reasons, if they become unsealed after delivery" then the right to cancel was lost.
The development, manufacture and commercialisation of medicines aimed at treating very rare diseases contains certain challenges, including ensuring doctors are able to access and prescribe such medicines. The 1st of May 2019 saw the release of guidance by that Directorate relating to the assessment of medicines for rare disease.
The tax treatment of payments made to sportspersons, arising by reason of their sporting activities, has been a subject of much debate and attention over recent times. The UK taxation authority, HMRC, has revised its approach to sportsperson taxation and further attention is now being paid to testimonials – events organised to honour the contribution of a sportsperson approaching the end of their career.
Often, customers are enticed by online businesses' "free" offers, including free postage, free delivery and such like. In the UK, alongside important laws such as the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations, and The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations, there exist the Codes of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which regulate fairness in both online and offline marketing.