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Cross-State Review of Websites and Use of Cookies by German Supervisory Authorities
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, July 2021

In the summer/autumn of 2020, the supervisory authorities of several German states examined the websites of various media companies, particularly with a view to the use of cookies and the tracking of users for advertising purposes...

Data Export Compliance under China’s Data Security Law
Deacons, July 2021

On 10 June 2021, the Data Security Law (DSL), which will become effective as of 1 September 2021, was adopted in China. The enactment of the DSL marks the introduction of China’s first fundamental law in the field of data security, which, together with the Cybersecurity Law and the upcoming Personal Information Protection Law, will lay a legal foundation for safeguarding national data security, promoting data utilisation and mitigating the risks of data processing activities...

China’s New Guidelines – Good News for Software Patents
Deacons, July 2021

Did you know? The Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) recently revised the Examination Guidelines for software patents including artificial intelligence (AI), big data and blockchain. Why does this matter to you? These new Examination Guidelines provide much needed clarity as to the boundaries of patentable subject matter in China...

New TMT legislation in Russia
ALRUD Law Firm, July 2021

We would like to inform you of several draft laws in the TMT area, that were adopted by the Russian Parliament, and finally signed by the President. We have prepared a short description for you below...

The Formula for Success: EQ = IQ
Shoosmiths LLP, July 2021

Our recent interview in The Lawyer sets out why the future of lawyering is all about tech and EQ. Its our recipe to thrive. We’ve been thinking about emotional intelligence, or EQ, a lot recently. After all, lawyering is a people business. It requires not only a high IQ—that’s a given—but also a highly-developed EQ...

Does Your Company Need a DPO and Who to Appoint?
Kudun and Partners, July 2021

In many aspects, the Personal Data Protection Act B.E. 2562 (2019) (the “PDPA”) has posed considerable challenges to organizations. One of the biggest concerns and the most frequently asked questions center around the concept of data protection officer (“DPO”). Though the obligations regarding the appointment of a DPO apply to both data controllers and data processors, it is important to note that not every organization needs a DPO...

The EU’s IP Action plan: Lessons for Africa?
ENSafrica, July 2021

At the end of November 2020, the European Commission published a plan for getting the EU out of the mess that it’s in as a result of COVID-19. The report is entitled “.” Although the report is aimed at European authorities and businesses, there are aspects of the plan that have general application...

The Importance of UK Businesses Appointing an EU Data Protection Representative
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, July 2021

A recent fine of €525,000 by the Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens (AP), the Dutch Data Protection Authority, has focused attention on one of the least discussed provisions of the GDPR – Article 27. This provision requires those who are subject to the GDPR but who do not have a base in the EU to appoint an EU representative to act as a point of contact for supervisory authorities such as the AP and individuals (data subjects) within the EU...

Know Your Transfers – Standard Contractual Clauses under the PDPA and GDPR
Kudun and Partners, July 2021

Thailand’s Personal Data Protection Act B.E.2562 (“PDPA”) governs the cross-border transfer of personal data. The PDPA sets out a condition, among other things, that personal data may be transferred to another country or to an international organization (the “Recipient”) provided that they have in place an adequate level of personal data protection according to the adequacy decision as decided on by the Personal Data Protection Committee...

Influencing Change: ASA Names and Shames Influencers
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

The ASA has taken further steps in their battle against influencers that fail to disclose when they are advertising to consumers on their social media channels. The ASA has taken further steps in their battle against influencers that fail to disclose when they are advertising to consumers on their social media channels...

UK Gets an Adequacy Finding. For Now.
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

Half a decade after the Brexit vote and just before the interim solution was about to run out, the European Comission has (finally) confirmed that the UK is regarded as 'adequate' for data protection purposes. Here's what you need to know. For those not too familiar with the terminology of ‘adequacy’ it all sounds a tad underwhelming...

Apple and Google Under CMA Scrutiny for Possible Competition Concerns
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

On 15 June 2021, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced a market study into Apple’s and Google’s mobile ecosystems. A market study allows the CMA to examine if a market is working well and if not, provide further actions necessary to address the concerns that are raised...

Crypto Asset Works of Art and Non-Fungible Token (NFT) Investments: Be Careful!
Lavery Lawyers, June 2021

On March 11, 2021, Christie’s auction house made a landmark sale by auctioning off an entirely digital artwork by the artist Beeple, a $69 million transaction in Ether, a cryptocurrency.1 In doing so, the famous auction house put non-fungible tokens (“NFT”), the product of a decentralized blockchain, in the spotlight...

Technology Law Advisory – Other Service Providers (OSPs) Regulations, 2021
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, June 2021

On June 23, 2021, the Department of Telecom (“DoT”) released revised regulations relating to Other Service Providers (“OSP”) replacing the previous OSP regulations that were issued last year. This client update provides a summary of key issues that have been addressed by the new regulations. SUMMARY OF NEW OSP REGULATIONS Effective Date. The regulations are stated to come into force immediately...

Cyprus Introduces First Steps Towards Crypto-Asset Regulation Through AML Law Amendments
Chrysostomides Advocates and Legal Consultants, June 2021

A primer on burgeoning crypto-asset regulation in Cyprus In Cyprus, the Prevention and Suppression of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Law, L188(I)/2007 (the “AML Law”) was amended earlier this year through L13(I)/2021 (the “Amending Law”), in order to harmonise domestic legislation with the provisions of the 4th and 5th AML Directives (Directives (EU) 2015/849 and 2018/843)...

Ripple Effects of Supreme Court’s TCPA Decision Still Developing for Companies Using Auto-Dialers
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2021

If you work in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) space, you are certainly aware of the landmark unanimous decision by the United States Supreme Court in Facebook v Duguid[1], in which the Court narrowed the definition of an automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS) to equipment that has the capacity to either store or produce numbers using a random or sequential number generator. On its face, this decision seemed benign (the definition of an ATDS is unchanged)...

MyCC's Market Review on Selected Areas of the Transportation Sector (Port Logistics Ecosystem & Motor Vehicle Warranty Claims)
Shearn Delamore & Co., June 2021

Dear valued clients, colleagues and friends, In this article, our partner, Anand Raj, and associate, Jeevitha Thurai Rathnam, discuss the Malaysia Competition Commission’s market review exercise into the transportation sector (port logistics ecosystem and motor vehicle warranty claims)...

Malaysian Chapter in The Intellectual Property Review, 10th Edition
Shearn Delamore & Co., June 2021

Dear valued clients, colleagues and friends,Our Head of the Intellectual Property Practice Group, Karen Abraham, has authored the Malaysian chapter of The Intellectual Property Review, 10th Edition published by The Law Reviews. The chapter provides a summary and overview of the types of intellectual property coverage available in Malaysia, together with updates of recent legal developments.1...

Thailand’s SEC Cracks Down on Trading of Cryptocurrencies Such as DogeCoin and Non-Fungible Tokens
DFDL, June 2021

Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Board on 11 June 2021 approved new rules prohibiting the trading on national exchange platforms of utility tokens and certain types of ‘novelty’ cryptocurrencies such as DogeCoin, SafeMoon or MonaCoin. The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Notification No. Kor Thor. 18/2564 Re: Rules, Conditions and Procedures for Undertaking Digital Asset Businesses (No...

AI in Financial Services – A Look at the Turing Report
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

The Alan Turing Institute has published a new report: "AI in Financial Services", looking to the use of artificial intelligence in the FS sector. We will watch with interest how the report’s findings evolve into more specific regulatory rules or guidance...

The Rise of the Digital Investor
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, June 2021

On 15 June 2021, the Financial Services Council (FSC) presented the findings of its report ‘Money & You – The Rise of the Digital Investor’ (the Report) to an audience at the Ernst & Young offices in Auckland. The report demonstrates what FSC CEO Richard Klipin describes as “a transformational shift in how we are choosing to invest our money”. The Report is available here...

HKMA’s Announcement on “Fintech 2025” Strategy
Deacons, June 2021

On 8 June 2021, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) unveiled “Fintech 2025”, a new strategy aiming to drive fintech development in Hong Kong. In essence, “Fintech 2025” seeks to encourage the financial sector to adopt technology in their businesses and transactions comprehensively by 2025 by focusing on the following five key areas: 1...

Cookie 'Banner Terror’: Are You in Schrems' Sights?
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

Automated activism is here now on how compliant businesses are. Are you ready for potential tech-enabled complaints on your site's cookies? In 1993 Tesco ran a trial of a loyalty scheme: the Tesco Clubcard. When the results of the trial of the scheme were presented to the board in 1994, the chair, Lord Ian MacLaurin, said, ‘what scares me about this is you know more about my customers in three months than I know in 30 years’...

When and How Should Employers be Using a Data Protection Impact Assessment?
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

A Data Protection Impact Assessment (“DPIA”) is a process which helps employers to identify, analyse and minimise the data protection risks of a project. But when should employers be using a DPIA and what makes a DPIA effective? When should employers be using a DPIA? The Data Protection Act 2018 (the Act) states that a DPIA must be implemented before any processing is undertaken which is “likely to result in a high risk” to individuals...

International Travel: Personal Data Needs “Passports”, “Visas” and “Vaccinations” Too
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

Today personal data travels instantly, and it is easy to forget the journey and the risks, but access to certain countries can be restricted without the proper paperwork, including the new SCCs. Is your personal data fit to travel? The new SCCs passport The main safeguard used to send personal data internationally, the Standard Contract Clauses (SCCs) have just been updated on 4 June 2021. Work will be needed to renew your personal data contract passport for it to travel...

 

 

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