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Data Protection Authorities Set Out Expectations in Open Letter to VTC Companies
Deacons, July 2020

On 22 July 2020, data protection authorities from Australia, Canada, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Switzerland and United Kingdom (together the Authorities), issued an open letter (Letter) on global privacy expectations of video teleconferencing companies (VTC companies)[1]. Why there is such a Letter? As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Authorities have witnessed an increasing use of VTC tools, both in social and business contexts...

Major Disruption to US Data Transfers as EU-US Privacy Shield Declared Invalid by CJEU
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, July 2020

Thursday 16 July 2020 saw the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) issue its decision on the validity of two international data transfer mechanisms - the “Privacy Shield” mechanism, which allowed for transfers between the EU and the US, and the Standard Contractual Clauses (“SCCs”) which are of more general application. Both of these mechanisms were confirmed by decisions of the European Commission...

Sorry, Wrong Number: The Ninth Circuit and TCPA Liability
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, July 2020

The Ninth Circuit Holds that Callers are Subject to TCPA Liability if the Callers Intend to Make Automated Calls to a Consenting Customer, but Instead Call Someone Else Introduction On June 3, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit dealt a blow to callers governed under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”)...

Regulation on Specific Conditions of Safety and Health Applicable for Remote Work or Telework
Carey, July 2020

On July 3rd, 2020, Supreme Decree No. 18/2020 of the Ministry of Labor and Social Securitywas published,approving the regulation of Article 152 quater M of the Labor Code, establishing specific health and safety conditions at work applicable for employees rendering services in regimes of remote work or telework (hereinafter, the “Regulation”)...

Merger Control Regime in Malaysia
Shearn Delamore & Co., June 2020

Many jurisdictions have put in place legislation to regulate merger activities. There have been discussions that it is high time for Malaysia to implement a general merger control regime under the Malaysian Competition Act 2010. As it presently stands, general merger activities which do not fall within two specific sectors (will be discussed below) are not regulated and no prior sanction is required from the Competition Commission before a merger transaction takes place...

Platform "I want to exit" is Implemented to Speed up the Termination of Contracts with Telecommunication Providers
Carey, June 2020

  On June 11, 2020, the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications, the Ministry of Economy and the National Consumer Service ("Sernac") announced the implementation of the "I want to exit" platform, in order to enable telecommunications users to terminate contracts with telecommunications service providers in an expeditious manner...

Some Going Concerns: A Primer on Intellectual Property Issues in Bankruptcy for Licensors and Licensees
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, June 2020

Westlaw Journal Bankruptcy Much has been written on the myriad of legal issues emanating from the global COVID-19 pandemic: the constitutionality of the lockdowns, liability for stores that open, the process of obtaining PPP loans, and the applicability of force majeure clauses, to name a few. As intellectual property and bankruptcy practitioners, we are fielding more questions regarding the impact of bankruptcies (both actual and potential) on the rights of licensors and licensees...

Privacy Concerns Multiply as Digital Contact Tracing Spreads: U.S. Tech Industry Takes the Lead as Congress Fails to Act
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, June 2020

What You Need To Know: Digital contact tracing (DCT) is a potential game changer in the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the sensitive personal information collected by DCT applications (“DCT apps”) largely falls through the cracks of existing U.S. data protection laws. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) may be the only current legal model that encompasses the data privacy aspects of digital contact tracing...

The FCC Funds the COVID-19 Telehealth Program
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, June 2020

  The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) established the COVID-19 Telehealth Program (the “Telehealth Program”) on April 2, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Telehealth Program provides $200 million in funding, appropriated by Congress as part of the CARES Act,[1] to assist certain non-profit and public healthcare providers in making telehealth services available to patients who cannot be seen in person...

California Attorney General Submits Final Regulations for the California Consumer Privacy Act
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, June 2020

What You Need To Know: The final California Consumer Privacy Act regulations are now under review by the California Office of Administrative Law, and there will be no additional opportunities for public comment. The California Attorney General has requested expedited review of the CCPA regulations, bypassing an executive order issued by the Governor of California extending administrative review periods due to the COVID-19 pandemic...

Contradictory Responses by Privacy Regulators Post-COVID-19: Balancing the Economy With Cybersecurity in a Changed World
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, June 2020

What You Need To Know: The CCPA is currently set to become enforceable on July 1. If your business is regulated by the CCPA, you have 30 days from publication of this alert to comply. Government authorities have pursued different, frequently contradictory, approaches to enforcing data privacy and cybersecurity regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic...

Post Eid al Fitr Reopening Guidelines and Easing of Movement Restrictions
Afridi & Angell, May 2020

On 26 May 2020, Dubai Economy published the “Post Eid al Fitr” reopening Guidelines which took effect from Wednesday 27 May 2020 and include updates to the protocols for the wholesale and retail trade including salons and barbershops as well as valet parking. The Guidelines also provide tailored reopening protocols for cinemas, kids salons, auction houses, outsourced government service centres, and various entertainment sectors...

Risks of Artificial Intelligence – Safety Aspects
Boyanov & Co., May 2020

Industry solutions relying on artificial intelligence (AI)are growing faster than many had predicted. In addition to the important personal data protection considerations, another important question which this new and emerging technology is raising relates to the AI safety problems and their legal response. So far, the European Union and Bulgaria have not adopted legislation specifically tackling the AI phenomenon and in particular – the safety concerns associated with AI...

Emerging From COVID-19: Data Privacy and Security in a Changed World
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, May 2020

As millions have moved their professional and personal lives online, in-person contact during the COVID-19 pandemic has become a memory except for “essential” public services. To receive medical care or an education, be entertained, conduct business, shop for essentials, and engage in online gaming, Americans have few options but to fill in the blanks with their personal information. Individuals, consumers, and business contacts are becoming acutely aware of the risks...

Data Privacy and WFH: NPC Bulletin on Protecting Personal Data in a Work From Home Arrangement
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, May 2020

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) has issued guidelines on data protection in work from home (WFH) arrangements (NPC PHE Bulletin No. 12 on “Protecting Personal Data in a Work from Home Arrangement; issued May 15, 2020).  The full text of the guidelines can be found here: https://www.privacy.gov.ph/2020/05/npc-phe-bulletin-no-12-protecting-personal-data-in-a-work-from-home-arrangement/...

WFH Guidance from the HK SFC to Manage Cybersecurity Risks
Deacons, May 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have been forced to work from home and this has created new opportunities and very fertile ground for the emergence of cyber threats. Accordingly, on 29 April 2020, the Intermediaries Supervision Department of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a circular (Circular) containing examples of controls and procedures firms can put in place to manage their cybersecurity risks...

Artificial Intelligence & Data Protection
Boyanov & Co., May 2020

Preface Artificial intelligence[1](AI) is widely recognised as one of the defining industrial phenomena of the 21stcentury. In today’s technology-dependent world, its potential impact on business and economic development can hardly be understated...

European Commission Guidelines on Mobile Applications to Combat COVID-19
Kocian Solc Balastik, May 2020

The European Commission recently issued guidelines on mobile applications supporting the fight against COVID-19 in relation to data protection. Mobile applications commonly installed on smartphones can act as a support mechanism for health authorities at the national and EU level in monitoring and managing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and are particularly important in easing measures to reduce the spread of the disease...

Will the Right to Privacy be an Indirect Victim of COVID-19?
Wardynski & Partners, May 2020

The law is one of the main instruments of social impact, which is particularly evident in the midst of aglobal health crisis, when the situation and applicable regulations are changing every day. New statutes and regulations are key to maintaining the delicate balance between order and chaos, public and private interests, and the common good and individual rights...

Financial Relief for Media and Telecom Players
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, May 2020

As a result of the evolution of the international epidemiological situation determined by the spread of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and considering the state of emergency declared by Decree no. 195/2020 on the establishment of the state of emergency on the territory of Romania, as well as its extension by Decree no. 240/2020 regarding the extension of the state of emergency on the territory of Romania, the Romanian Government recently issued the Emergency Ordinance no...

E-commerce: Some Laws and Rules You Should Be Aware of
Lavery Lawyers, May 2020

E-commerce can take different forms, but for the purposes of this article, we will refer to e-commerce where the contract of sale or of supply of services is concluded by electronic means...

IRS Issues Guidance on Telephonic Public Hearings for Qualified Private Activity Bonds
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, May 2020

In light of the restrictions on gatherings imposed in many states due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS has issued Revenue Procedure 2020-21, which will temporarily allow public hearings to be held by teleconference. For the purposes of IRS rules, teleconference hearings will be permitted in all jurisdictions, regardless of any state or local orders or guidance on public gatherings...

Promotion of Technologies to Ease Interaction with Public Entities
Brigard Urrutia, May 2020

Promotion of technologies to ease interaction with public entities Government establishes general guidelines for use of digital citizen services, in order to facilitate citizen interaction with public entities. The Ministry of ICT issued Decree 620 of 2020 to establish general guidelines that private (when performing administrative functions) and public entities must follow in the use and operation of digital citizen services...

Communication from the Agency for Access to Public Information on "Protection of Personal Data and Geolocation"
Beccar Varela, May 2020

  On April 29, 2020, the Agency for Access to Public Information (the “AAIP”, by its Spanish acronym) issued a statement through its website informing how personal data should be processed in the use of geolocation tools, especially in the context of the health emergency due to the COVID-19. In this connection, the AAIP communicates that the Personal Data Protection Law No...

Report of the Department of Privacy and Protection of Personal Data - Communication from the Agency for Access to Public Information on "Protection of Personal Data and Geolocation"
Beccar Varela, May 2020

On April 29, the Agency for Access to Public Information (the "AAIP") issued a statement through its website informing how personal data should be treated for the use of geolocation tools, especially before the health emergency caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19) In this sense, the AAIP communicates that Law No...

 

 

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