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IT Glossary


The metaverse, a contraction of the term meta-universe, is a network of interconnected, persistent and shared virtual worlds.

This network, connected to the Internet, is accessible through the use of advanced technologies allowing virtualization (augmented reality, virtual reality…).

These technologies allow users to be immersed in virtual worlds, for various purposes (events, games, commerce, etc.).

The metaverse has several main characteristics, namely:

  • Persistence – once started, it should not be interrupted;
  • Synchronization and simultaneity – each user should live the experiences at the same time as the others and each should feel “existing” in this virtual reality;
  • The monetary value – users should be able to experience a new economy by being able to buy, sell, exchange, rent virtual goods thanks to the tokenization of the real world economy;
  • System interoperability – data should be able to be used and communicated by multiple people for multiple purposes without barriers;
  • Infinite participants – users should be able to enjoy these experiences together or individually, in an organized or unorganized way.

It allows multidimensional interactions for its users who can immerse themselves in spaces where physical and digital worlds converge.

The use of blockchain technologies, but also electronic signatures, NFTs and digital currencies will be common in the metaverse.

In any case, the use of metavers requires the implementation of numerous personal data processing operations that may create risks for the rights and freedoms of the persons concerned.

The development and gradual democratization of metavers raises many cross-cutting legal issues specific to this network, notably related to the GDPR, intellectual property law, but also to criminal law and social law.

The Bouchara firm assists you in particular in :

  • Protecting your intellectual property rights in the metaverse;
  • Making your organization GDPR compliant ;
  • The drafting of data protection policies (privacy policy, computer charter …);
  • Documentation of your processing (register of processing activities, register of violations, privacy impact analysis, prior consultation…);
  • Obtaining certifications and adhering to codes of conduct;
  • The study of the legal feasibility of the implementation of a new personal data processing;
  • The drafting and transmission of your codes of conduct to the CNIL for approval;
  • Legal analysis of the compliance of your data processing, including data transfers outside the European Economic Area;
  • Drafting and negotiating your data processing agreements (DPA);
  • Drafting your Binding Corporate Rules (BCR) and Codes of Conduct;
  • Training and awareness of your employees.

We are also the external Data Protection Officer of many data processors and subcontractors.