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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”)...

TMT And Data Compliance & Cybersecurity: Personal Data Protection in the Age of Covid-19
Shearn Delamore & Co., July 2020

With the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) since 18 March 2020, the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) as well as the Recovery Movement Control Order, the Government has issued a number of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to control the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic...

Companies Will Need to Embrace Change in Order to Emerge Less Scathed from the Shadow of COVID-19
Shoosmiths LLP, July 2020

How successfully a business emerges following this pandemic will depend to a great extent on how quickly it identifies and implements long term necessary changes. Nobody is yet clear what the post-Covid-19 world will look like. It is possible that things revert back to the way they were quicker than anyone imagines. That said, it is very difficult to imagine no lasting or consequential changes to the way we work or live...

EDPB Issues Statement on Restrictions on Data Subject Rights During COVID-19
A&L Goodbody, July 2020

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has adopted a statement on restrictions on data subject rights in connection with the state of emergency in Member States. The EDPB emphasises that, despite the international crisis, the GDPR remains applicable and allows an efficient response to the pandemic, while still protecting fundamental rights and freedoms. The EDPB’s statement was made in response to a Hungarian government decree dated 4 May 2020...

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...

European Commission Releases First Report on Evaluation of GDPR
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, June 2020

On June 24, 2020, the European Commission (“the Commission”) submitted its first report on the evaluation and review of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) to the European Parliament and Council. The report is required under Article 97 of the GDPR and will be produced at four year intervals going forward...

International Comparative Legal Guides: Fintech 2020
Shearn Delamore & Co., June 2020

The Fintech LandscapeDevelopments in 2019 in terms of sectors were:Payments: Remittance was an area of significant growth in 2019, with a number of notable non-bank payments service providers receiving Remittance (Class B) Licences from Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM). MoneyMatch, the first graduate from BNM’s Regulatory Sandbox programme for incubating and ensuring the sustainability and regulatory compliance of fintech start-ups, was the first to receive a licence at the start of the year...

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 Perils of Responding to Cyber-Incidents Just Got More Complicated
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, June 2020

It’s 8 am, and you just learned that a material cyber-incident occurred in your organization. You fire up your Incident Response Plan. You engage outside counsel, and outside counsel engages a forensic firm. Your company, your outside counsel, and your forensic firm all sign an agreement that the forensic firm will work at the direction of outside counsel...

Introducing the Arendt Insights Mobile App: Instant Access to the Legal Developments Impacting Business in Luxembourg.
Arendt & Medernach, June 2020

“At a time when the flow of information is always expanding, this app is a smart alternative for users to stay informed about these topics without a flood of emails.”(Jean-Marc Ueberecken, Managing Partner). The CoVid-19 crisis as a trigger Arendt Insights is the only app dedicated to Covid-19 crisis management in Luxembourg.   The first version of the app has been designed to give insight from Arendt experts, using the Covid-19 Solutions platform...

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...

CARES Act Questions for the Technology Industry (Updated 06/15/2020)
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, June 2020

Congress recently passed the economic stimulus package referred to as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”), the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (“PPPHCE Act”), and the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (“PPP Flexibility Act”).  Ttogether, the CARES Act1, PPPHCE Act, and PPP Flexibility Act are called the “CARES Act”...

Federal Council Moves Forward in Protection against Cyber Risks
Walder Wyss Ltd., June 2020

On 27 May 2020 the Federal Council adopted the Ordinance on Protecting against Cyber Risks (OPCy, available in French and German), which is set to enter into force on 1 July 2020. This move is the next step in a series of measures taken by the Federal Council to adopt a new organisational structure and implement a national strategy to protect Switzerland against cyber risks (NCS, available in German, French, Italian and English)...

CARES Act Questions for the Technology Industry (Updated 6/9/2020)
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, June 2020

Congress recently passed the economic stimulus package referred to as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act1”), the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (“PPPHCE Act”), and the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (“PPP Flexibility Act”). Together, the CARES Act1, PPPHCE Act, and PPP Flexibility Act are called the “CARES Act”...

Tech Versus Virus: Remote Diagnostics
Wardynski & Partners, June 2020

This time we address solutions from the front lines: devices for remote diagnostics which can improve effective detection of the coronavirus and also unburden the health service in other areas. These solutions can also serve as aproving ground for the regulatory approach to oversight of algorithms. The immediate inspiration for writing this text was asolution from the company StethoMe presented at the DemoDay organised by the MIT Enterprise Forum CEE...

DOJ Releases Updated Guidance for Evaluating Corporate Compliance Programs
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, June 2020

Use of Data Analytics and Access to Compliance Resources Among New Considerations On June 1, 2020, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) updated its “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs,” a guidance document used by prosecutors to assess compliance programs. Prosecutors use the document in making charging decisions pertaining to companies and in imposing obligations such as a corporate monitorship...

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, June 2020

Certain provisions of the coronavirus/COVID-19 economic stimulus legislation are subject to the issuance of government regulations, government guidance and other government action; thus, certain details regarding the legislation may be clarified or added. View our other alerts and articles on the SBA Paycheck Protection Program on our Coronavirus/COVID-19 resource page. On June 3, 2020, the U.S...

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...

USPTO: Artificial Intelligence Cannot Be Listed as ‘Inventor’ on Patent Applications
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2020

Last year, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director Andrei Iancu noted that artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to “fundamentally chang[e]” “the legal concepts of inventor or author.”[i] The USPTO recently had cause to consider this issue. On petition, the USPTO considered whether an applicant can name an AI program as an inventor on a patent application...

Exorcising the Ghost in the Wills Act
TSMP Law Corporation, June 2020

In the age of social distancing, it is about time the law is changed to allow wills to be executed electronically.Ingenious lawyers all over the Commonwealth are dreaming up rigmaroles for the signing of wills amid the pandemic. An English law firm has suggested that the will be signed at a park bench, with witnesses lurking nearby, ready to rotate around the document...

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...

 

 

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