In a recent judgement the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) concluded that an administrator of a Facebook fan page has independent obligations under European data protection law, and will be considered joint controller with Facebook for some processing activities.
Given increasing physical cash in circulation in many areas, a cashless society is likely not achievable soon for most countries. However, there are certain countries, particularly the Nordics, where the rise of digital payments is accompanied by a decrease in physical cash.
Patents may be misused. The single purpose of some companies is to get hold of patents that shall solely be used to force other companies into licensing or to pay considerable amounts in connection with a settlement, the so called patent trolls or patent pirates.