Less advertising on smartphones and digital sick leave: This is new in October

Less advertising on smartphones and digital sick leave: This is new in October

In October 2021 there will be some changes in our everyday lives again, some are happy, others annoy us consumers. While PayPal is finally handling the popular MoneyPools, there are new rules for telephone advertising and Windows 11 is starting for the first users.

For consumers, there are again some changes to be made at the turn of the month. While some are likely to simplify the everyday life of many people in Germany, there are also limitations that we have to get used to.

PayPal, digital sick leave, telephone advertising: what will change in October 2021

As of October 1st, the Federal Network Agency will have new options for taking action against unwanted advertising on the phone: Companies must first obtain the consent of the called party for advertising calls, record it and keep it for five years. This is intended to facilitate the tracking of unwanted advertising . Companies that violate the retention requirement or do not obtain consent at all must expect high fines (source: dpa via Handelsblatt). The number of complaints had increased significantly in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period of the previous year. The sick leave will be digital from October 1st. In the future, employees will not receive a copy of the yellow health insurance certificate from the doctor. Instead, sick notes are digitally transmitted directly from the doctor (source: Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland). Patients should therefore not be surprised if there are only two instead of three copies. There is still a slip of paper for the employer that will not be replaced until next year. In the future , medical practices will also be able to issue prescriptions electronically across Germany. The previous test in Berlin and Brandenburg has thus been successfully completed. PayPal is taking the next step towards the end of the popular MoneyPools function: no new MoneyPools can be created as early as September 30th. The existing money collections expire in October with a 30-day period until November 8th. From October 1st, drivers can expect a new sight at many petrol stations: the price comparison between different drive types will be mandatory for larger petrol stations (six or more "multi-product petrol pumps"). The yellow posters show official comparative values ​​for e-cars, petrol, diesel and others over 100 km. However, they still leave a lot to be desired. The 5th of October fans of Microsoft have certainly already marked themselves in the calendar. Then the rollout of Windows 11 should start . However, that does not mean that everyone who is interested will receive the new operating system directly. Instead, it is distributed in waves - as is now the case with many providers. That could well and happily last until the summer of next year. Just a few days ago, the US streaming provider Roku celebrated its launch in Germany. Three out of four devices planned for the German market are already on offer. The Roku Streaming Stick 4K is announced for October. An exact date is not yet available. We have summarized the added value the Roku devices offer in our article. Not to be forgotten: In October, as every year, the time change is due again. In the night from October 30th to October 31st, winter time starts, you can all sleep an hour longer. We have put together all the important information about the time change for you in a separate article.

Whether you use MoneyPools or not - in the video you can find out all you need to know about PayPal:

While PayPal users in particular are faced with a fait accompli in October, all in all it is more of a good month in terms of the changes for consumers. Citizens use many innovations directly in their everyday lives. When it comes to price comparisons for e-cars and other types of drive, there is still a need for action, especially with regard to the current volatile price development.


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