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Fine Practices of the Data Protection Supervisory Authorities Under Scrutiny
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, November 2020

The German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI) sees the decision as a success: On November 11, 2020, the District Court of Bonn reduced the fine imposed on 1&1 Telekom GmbH for a data protection breach from an original EUR 9.55 million to EUR 990,000.00, thereby fundamentally calling into question the fine practices of the German supervisory authorities...

The Proposed Indian Copyright Amendment Rules and Suggestions for Further Amendment
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, November 2020

The Copyright Office of the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has invited comments and suggestions to amend the Copyright Act before November 30, 2020. Mid last year, the DPIIT proposed a set of amendments to the Indian Copyright Rules. While these amendments sought to increase transparency and provide clarity for right holders, many other essential modifications were overlooked...

Lessons for Technology from COVID-19: M&A Transactions for Digital Assets
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, November 2020

Disruptive events tend to accelerate existing trends, and COVID-19 is no exception. Technology is transforming the way businesses operate, the products and services they offer and is reshaping the global M&A landscape – and the speed of adoption is significant...

Moving from Brexit 1.0 to Brexit 2.0
Shoosmiths LLP, November 2020

What will UK data protection look like after Brexit 2.0 on 31 December 2020? Regime 1: the 'UK GDPR': the UK's new bespoke version together with the Data Protection Act 2018 The UK GDPR will be the UK data protection regime based on the 'EU GDPR' (see below)...

Implementation of 2018-2022 National Strategy for the Protection of Switzerland Against Cyber Risks – Quarterly Report
Walder Wyss Ltd., November 2020

On 19 October 2020 the Federal Council's Cyber Committee adopted a report on the advancement of the 2018-2022 national strategy for the protection of Switzerland against cyber risks (2018-2022 NCS) and its gradual implementation. The report focuses mainly on the progress made in supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and promoting research and training...

Home Office - A Risk for Privacy and Cyber Security? What Companies Need To Do
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, November 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has caused a shift in the paradigm of modern-day workplaces. Companies across the globe have seen a rapid and widespread shift to remote work, making compliance with the GDPR harder than ever. The Federal Office of Information Security (BSI), in its recent report on the ‘State of IT Security in Germany 2020’, expressed its concern and indicated a ‘tense situation’ for data protection in the country...

New Teleworking Rules to Limit Further Spread of COVID-19
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, October 2020

Introduction On 16 October 2020 the government reinforced the urgent measures to limit the further spread of COVID-19. Teleworking is no longer highly recommended, but has become the standard for all employees whose roles allow for telework. Yet, the new rule is less far-reaching than that in place during the first lockdown in March 2020, as an exception now applies when the continuity of business operations, activities and services does not allow for teleworking...

Revised Data Protection Act Approved
Walder Wyss Ltd., October 2020

On 25 September 2020 Parliament approved the final draft of the revised Data Protection Act (rev-DPA).(1) The rev-DPA is expected to enter into force in 2022. However, it is subject to a facultative referendum and the corresponding ordinance will be adapted accordingly – thus, the rev-DPA is still a work in progress...

OCIE RISK ALERT—Cybersecurity: Safeguarding Client Accounts against Credential Compromise
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2020

OCIE’s most recent Risk Alert, published Sept. 15, 2020, address another cybersecurity issue, this time highlighting the dangers of “credential stuffing.” Credential stuffing is a method of cyberattack that uses compromised client login credentials and can lead to loss of customer assets and the disclosure of confidential or other personal information. Hackers will obtain groups or lists of usernames, email addresses, and their passwords from sellers on the dark web...

Excessive Processing of Employee Personal Information: A Warning to South African Employers
ENSafrica, October 2020

A recent decision in Germany has resulted in a hefty fine being imposed on an employer for violations of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”). The decision is a strong warning to South African employers to not overprocess their employees’ information...

Hyperlinking and Copyright Law: When Does the Copyright Holder Have a Say In It?
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, October 2020

The functioning of the World Wide Web is in many ways dependent on the use of hyperlinks. Many of those hyperlinks refer to works protected by copyright. In his recent Opinion, Advocate General Szpunar has considered which kinds of hyperlinks should be regarded as a communication to the public that require the copyright holder’s prior authorisation...

Ohio Introduces Proposed Legislation to Expand Telehealth Services
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2020

Ohio legislators recently introduced proposed H.B. 679, expanding telehealth services. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth has become more prevalent and necessary. Ohio lawmakers realize telehealth is only going to become more widespread in the future, as patient usage and acceptance continue to grow. If enacted, H.B...

Top 10 COVID-19 Employer Mistakes to Avoid
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2020

COVID-19 has sent many employers into a workforce management tailspin. Laws, regulations, and recommendations change daily, and as the pandemic continues to affect the workplace, the risk of legal complacency increases. The list below identifies the top 10 mistakes for employers to avoid during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mistake 1: Failing To Prepare and Update a COVID-19 Response Plan...

Following the European Court of Justice Judgement Regarding the Privacy Shield - Data Protection Authority Publishes Recommended Actions for Practice
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, September 2020

In July 2020, the European Court of Justice (C-311/18, "Schrems II") declared the EU-US Privacy Shield as invalid as the legal basis for the transfer of personal data to the USA and increased the requirements on the EU standard contractual clauses...

INDECOPI Adopts Directive Establishing the Procedure for Payment of Rewards
Rodrigo, Elias & Medrano Abogados, August 2020

On August 26, 2020, Resolution No. 000093-2020-PRE/INDECOPI was published in the Official Gazette “El Peruano”, which adopts the Directive that establishes the procedure for payment of rewards under the scope of Article 28 of the Single Ordered Text of the Law for the Repression of Anticompetitive Conduct (the "Directive" and the "Competition Law", respectively)...

Guidelines for the State's Response to the Potential Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on PPP Projects
Rodrigo, Elias & Medrano Abogados, August 2020

On August 25, 2020, Board Resolution No. 003-2020-EF/68.0 was published in the Official Gazette “El Peruano”, approving the “Guidelines for the State's response to the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Public Private Partnership projects” (the “Guidelines”)...

Solution to the Cookie Chaos? - Planned Overhaul of Data Protection Regulations in the Telemedia and Telekommunikations Sector
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, August 2020

In July, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) compiled a draft law on data protection and the protection of privacy in the context of electronic communication and telemedia (the “Telecommunications and Telemedia Data Protection Act” [Telekommunikations-Telemedien-Datenschutz-Gesetz],“TTDSG”) – which has not yet been officially published...

Beyond California: Lesser Known State Privacy Laws with Big Consequences Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2020

With federal privacy legislation stalled and indefinitely delayed, states have moved forward to push an impressive number of privacy laws forward over the last several years. Some of these laws are still relatively obscure, but are being increasingly enforced by state regulators and through litigation...

Data Processing Errors in Prize Draws by AOK Baden-Württemberg Results in Seven-Figure Fine
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, July 2020

The Baden-Württemberg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (LfDI) has imposed a fine of €1,240,000 on the AOK Baden-Württemberg health insurance provider. The reason? Data processing errors related to prize draws it ran: the health insurance provider had not obtained the valid consent for data processing of prize draw entrants in 500 cases. An internal whistleblower notified the LfDI about the breach...

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...

ECJ Throws Out Privacy Shield Agreement but Confirms Standard Contractual Clauses
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, July 2020

Today (16 July 2020), the ECJ handed down its long-awaited judgment on the validity of Standard Contractual Clauses in international data transfers (ECJ, judgment of 16 July 2020, case C-311/18). In a surprise move the Court of Justice declared the EU Commission's adequacy decision on the Privacy Shield - the agreement that allows data transfers to certain companies in the USA - to be invalid. On the other hand it confirmed the validity of the Standard Contractual Clauses...

Berlin Data Protection Authority Criticizes Commissioned Data Processing Aspects of Microsoft Office 365
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, July 2020

On July 3, 2020, Berlin’s commissioner for data protection and freedom of information published Advice on providers of videoconferencing services. This advice looked closely at the contractual terms and conditions of the providers Cisco, Google, Zoom, and Microsoft...

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”)...

 

 

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