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Digital services: challenges and legal loopholes


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Project DER 2017-82638-P

Financed by FEDER/Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades - Agencia Estatal de Investigación

Nowadays digitalization is present in our daily activities. Through the web all kinds of goods and services can be obtained that respond to new business models.  Communication and even social life are digitalized. This entails new risks of which users are not always aware.

The purpose of this research project is to give an answer to the doubts and questions currently set by the provision of digital services, that is, services that are not only contracted through internet, but which are also executed through it. We are talking about questions that are not solved, neither by the European Law nor by the internal legal systems, and which are essential to guarantee legal certainty in the digital environment.

In particular, we aim to analyze the provision of digital services from several points of view which are closely intertwined: (a) the delimitation of the contract’s content, usually marked by the “terms of use” and the “privacy policy” of the operator. With regard to these terms of use, which are in truth general conditions of contracts, a control of incorporation or of content can be made depending on the applicable law; (b) the protection of personal data, the protection of privacy and other personality rights; questions that can be also contractually regulated in the so called “terms of use”; (c) the coherence between the rules on the provision of digital services and the protection of intellectual property rights of users and third parties. Only taking into account all these aspects, which also pose international private Law problems, can an adequate framework for the solution of conflicts generated by the provision of digital services be set.

Group members

Principal Researcher:


Other universities

  • Íñigo de la Maza (Universidad Diego Portales, Chile)

Results of Research

  • María José Santos: “La denominada herencia digital ¿necesidad de regulación?. Estudio de Derecho español y comparado”, CDT, vol. 10, nº 1, 2018
  • María José Santos Morón: "La transmisibilidad mortis causa de los bienes digitales”, in Verträge über digitale Inhalte und digitale Dienstleistungen, Kindl/Arroyo/Gsell (Hrsg.), Baden-Baden, Nomos, 2018, p. 143-160.
  • Sara Martín Salamanca: "La comunicación pública en el entorno digital europeo: crónica y debate", in VV.AA. Verträge über digitale inhalte Dienstleistungen, Johann Kindl/Arroyo/Gsell (Hrsg), Nomos, 2018, p. 173-192.
  • María José Santos Morón: -“Retos del Derecho de sucesiones en la era digital: El destino de los bienes digitales de las personas fallecidas”,  International Civil Law Congress. Conmemoration of the 800th anniversary of the University of Salamanca, coord. Llamas Pombo,Tirant lo Blanch, Valencia 2018, p. 1501-1513.
  • Caamiña Dominguez, Celia M., La noción de “consumidor” en internet: El asunto C-498/16, Maximilian Schrems y facebook Ireland Limited = Internet consumer: Case C-498/16, Maximilian Schrems v. Facebook Ireland Limited, Cuadernos de Derecho Transnacional, Vol 11, nº 1, March 2019, pp. 711-721.
  • Alonso Pérez, M.T., "El paralelismo entre obligaciones de medios/resultado y los contratos de servicios/obra en las propuestas oficiales de modernización del Derecho español", Revista de Derecho civil, 2019,

Congresses and Seminars

María José Santos Morón: “El destino de los bienes digitales de las personas fallecidas”, participation in the Internationa Congress on Civil Law. 800 Anniversary of the Universidad de Salamanca, Universidad de Salamanca, October 24-26, 2018.

Sara Martín Salamanca: “La comunicación pública en el entorno digital europeo: crónica y debate”, III Hispano-German Congress on Private Law, Münster Universität-UC3M,  Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Campus Puerta de Toledo, October 19-20, 2017.

Congresses and seminars organized by the Research Group

International Congress on "Intelectual Property and the digital environment", Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Puerta de Toledo Campus, Madrid, March 7 and 8, 2019.

International seminar organized with the Master in Intellectual Property UC3M. Professor Jane Ginsburg, Columbia Law School, "Authorship and artificial inteligence". March 22, 2019. 4pm. Puerta de Toledo. Room 1.A.12