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Revised Telecoms Legislation Enters Into Force
Walder Wyss Ltd., January 2021

Parliament has revised the federal telecoms legislation – in particular, the Federal Telecommunications Act (TCA) and its various implementing ordinances. These revised regulations entered into force on 1 January 2021. The revision of the telecoms legislation brings about several fundamental changes that affect consumers as well as telecoms service providers (TSPs) and telecoms operators...

The Regulatory Sprint is Over - What’s at the Finish Line Under the New Stark and AKS Final Rules?
Verrill, January 2021

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) completed its “Regulatory Sprint” by finalizing changes to regulations pertaining to two federal fraud and abuse laws. On December 2, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule revising regulations to the Stark Law. The Stark Final Rule adds, modifies and clarifies key definitions and exceptions...

Rome was not Built in a Day – It’s Never Too Early to Review your Personal Data Protection Practice in China!
Deacons, January 2021

Did you know? The long-awaited draft of the Personal Data Protection Law (PDPL) was released for public consultation in October 2020. If enacted, it will be the first comprehensive law setting out the overall legal framework, as well as the obligations of different stakeholders throughout the entire lifecycle of personal data in China. Why does this matter to you? The data protection regime in China has developed rapidly in recent years and is stricter than one might think...

Social Mobility in 2020: An Update
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2020

As part of our ongoing focus on social mobility, we look at the impacts of the pandemic on existing and new social mobility challenges, how we're responding, and what businesses can focus on in 2021. 2020 has been a year like no other. The way we live, work, and connect has changed significantly. The way we do business continues to evolve...

Five Reasons why Collaborating will Create a Better Future for Everyone
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2020

Reid Hoffman is an American-based venture capitalist, author and entrepreneur at Greylock Partners who is best known for being the co-creator of the social network, LinkedIn...

BSP Issues Guidelines on the Establishment of Digital Banks
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, December 2020

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP, the Central Bank of the Philippines) has issued Circular No. 1105, Series of 20201 (Digital Bank Circular) dated December 2, 2020 to provide guidelines on the establishment of digital banks. This circular took effect on December 23, 2020 and was promulgated pursuant to the Monetary Board’s authority under Section 3.2(g) of the General Banking Law of 2000 to create other classes of banks...

Regulating the Growth of Electronic and Digital Banking Services
Makarim & Taira S., December 2020

With the rapid development of technology and the rise of new finance products and players in the fintech industry, banks are pushed to produce new products and innovative services in order to serve their customers and keep abreast of the behaviour of consumers who appreciate the convenience of digital services. In response to this, the Financial Services Authority (Otoritas Jasa Keuangan -- OJK) has issued OJK Regulation No. 12/POJK...

SFC Issues FAQs for Compliance with Electronic Data Storage Rules
Deacons, December 2020

On 10 December 2020, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) providing guidance to licensed corporations(LCs) on how to meet the obligations in its 31 October 2019 circular on use of external electronic data storage providers (EDSP). The SFC also made consequential amendments to its Frequently Asked Questions on the premises for business and record keeping...

WSG Expert Talks On Demand: Ransomware Goes Corporate - A First-Hand Account
World Services Group, December 2020

Ransomware Goes Corporate - A First-Hand Account   An Interview With.... Sandra Elvin, National Security Office for Microsoft Sweden Jon Åsberg, Editor-in-Chief at Fokus, Sweden’s leading weekly news and current affairs magazine Faced with a range of obstacles, business leaders were already dealing with rising challenges to their risk and approach to cybersecurity; and then, along came Covid-19...

Steps for Proactive CPRA Compliance
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, December 2020

California voters signaled that privacy is a top priority by overwhelmingly approving Proposition 24 on Nov. 3, 2020—the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA). The CPRA amends and significantly strengthens the recently enacted California Consumer Privacy Act and moves California's privacy laws toward those of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)...

Use of Patents in Artificial Intelligence: What Does the New CIPO Report Say?
Lavery Lawyers, December 2020

Artificial intelligence is one of the areas of technology where there is currently the most research and development in Canada. To preserve Canada's advantageous position in this area, it is important to consider all forms of intellectual property protection that may apply. Although copyright has historically been the preferred form of intellectual property in computer science, patents are nevertheless very useful in the field of artificial intelligence...

New Year, New Law: Florida’s New Mandatory E-Verify Law
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2020

Effective Jan. 1, 2021, Florida law will require all public employers, as well as some private employers, to enroll in and use the E-Verify system. What is E-Verify? E-Verify is a free federal electronic database that allows employers to quickly validate documentation presented by new hires to establish that a new employee is lawfully eligible for employment in the United States...

CPRA Is Here… Now What? Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, December 2020

The California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (CPRA), also known as CCPA 2.0, was approved by California voters on November 3, 2020. The new law builds on CCPA and forecasts an even stricter regulatory data privacy environment for businesses. Please join Bradley cybersecurity and privacy attorneys Erin Illman, Junaid Odubeko, and Steve Snyder for a discussion of areas that companies need to address before CPRA goes into effect...

New Cybersecurity Donation Safe Harbor and Exception – AKS and Stark Final Rule
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2020

On Nov. 20, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued two final rules, which implement changes to the Physician Self-Referral Law (Stark Law) and the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) regulations (respectively the CMS Final Rule and the OIG Final Rule, collectively the Final Rules)...

Back to 2020 - Forward to 2021: Arendt Weekly Update, 4 December 2020
Arendt & Medernach, December 2020

Back to 2020 - Forward to 2021 2020 was a busy year – and a uniquely challenging one to say the least. Legal and regulatory changes, many of them linked to the COVID-19 crisis, have impacted your business and will continue to impact it in the new year. That is why we are pleased to provide you with an overview of the major recent legal and regulatory developments that have taken place under Luxembourg and EU law...

Coronavirus Digest No. 6 Patents and Other Intellectual Property Rights
PLMJ, December 2020

The world is desperately seeking a vaccine and treatments against COVID-19 and the answer will also be found in intellectual property. For this reason, PLMJ and Inventa International have joined forces toprepare a Digest on these issues that is continuously updated...

Telemedicine in the Age of COVID-19
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, December 2020

With many medical practices and healthcare practitioners moving to telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic, questions abound on legal requirements, privacy, and the future of healthcare. Schwabe’s Healthcare team has taken a closer look at the legal issues surrounding the rise of telemedicine during the pandemic and the implications for our healthcare future in the four articles below...

Brexit Effects on Trademarks Beginning January 1
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, December 2020

Trademark owners with registrations in EU where the UK is designated should soon receive notification for treatment of registrations and applications following the Brexit transition period. The Brexit transitional period, during which EU laws and rights have continued in force in the UK, will end on December 31, 2020. Thereafter, EU Trade Mark and Design applications and registrations (and designations of the EU) will only cover the remaining 27 EU member states...

The Hong Kong Institute for Monetary and Financial Research (“HKIMR”) releases report on “Artificial Intelligence in Banking: The Changing Landscape in Compliance and Supervision”
Deacons, November 2020

On 21 August 2020, the HKIMR, the research arm of the Hong Kong Academy of Finance, released its second report, entitled “Artificial Intelligence in Banking: The Changing Landscape in Compliance and Supervision”. The report is intended as a starting point for understanding the broad implications of Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) adoption in the banking industry, as well as in relation to compliance and supervision...

Hong Kong Monetary Authority (“HKMA”) Develops Two-Year Roadmap to Promote Regtech Adoption
Deacons, November 2020

The HKMA has developed a two-year roadmap to promote Regtech adoption in the Hong Kong banking sector (“Roadmap”), as set out in a White Paper entitled “Transforming Risk Management and Compliance: Harnessing the Power of Regtech” (“White Paper”). The White Paper presents the case for wider adoption of Regtech in Hong Kong, outlining a series of actions that the HKMA will take, or consider taking, to accelerate its adoption...

Closer to a New Path to Compliance with the SFC’s Requirements for Electronic Record Keeping
Deacons, November 2020

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a circular last year (the Circular) in recognition of the increasing use of electronic data storage (cloud storage) for record keeping purposes. The Circular was intended to provide licensed corporations with greater flexibility in keeping regulatory records with electronic data service providers (EDSPs), as well as to clarify their general obligations in relation to electronic data...

Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner Updates Guidelines on Biometric Data Collection and Use
Deacons, November 2020

With the Universal Community Testing Programme for COVID-19 detection by the Hong Kong Government and temperature screening in the workplace, the collection and use of biometric data (such as DNA samples, fingerprints and facial images) have raised concerns among the public. In August 2020, the Privacy Commissioner (PC) has updated its guidance note on how data users should collect and use biometric data in compliance with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (Guidance Note)...

Defense Department Interim Rule Requiring Contractors to Self-Assess Cybersecurity Compliance Creates Potential FCA Risk
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, November 2020

As concern over cybersecurity continues to grow,[1] defense contractors have been waiting for the Department of Defense (DoD) to roll out its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program. That rollout has occurred, with DoD’s recently published interim rule Assessing Contractor Implementation of Cybersecurity Requirements (DFARS Case 2019-D041)[2] (“Interim Rule”), effective Nov. 30, 2020, and providing for a five-year phase-in of CMMC...

Invoking Copyright to Block the Submission of Evidence? Nice Try, But No Cigar!
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, November 2020

The Court of Justice of the European Union delivers judgments regarding the concept of “communication to the public” faster than legal scholars can read and dissect them. While we are eagerly awaiting the Court’s analysis of different types of hyperlinking, it has taken less than two months to follow Advocate General Hogan’s opinion regarding the emailing of evidence containing copyrighted works to a court in legal proceedings...

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...

 

 

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