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MinterEllisonRuddWatts | October 2021

On 28 October, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) issued an update for its 2019 Guidance for a Risk-Based Approach to Virtual Assets (VAs) and Virtual Asset Service Providers (VASPs) (Updated Guidance) in relation to anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism (AML/CFT). This followed the FATF’s Second 12-Month Review of the Revised FATF Standards on Virtual Assets and Virtual Asset Service Providers (Virtual Assets Review) released earlier this year ...

Shoosmiths LLP | October 2021

In Rolfe v Veale, the High Court awarded summary judgment against claimants who alleged distress following an inadvertent data breach. Here, Philip Tansley and Matthew MacLachlan consider the court's reasoning and the broader implications for such claims ...

Shearn Delamore & Co. | October 2021

Dear valued clients, colleagues and friends,The increased reliance on cloud computing has recently seen regulatory responses from the authorities. The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission on 15 October 2021 released an Advisory Notice on the upcoming licensing of cloud service providers from 1 January 2022, to address the regulatory loopholes brought about by the rise of cloud services and particularly the integrity of data stored on cloud ...

Deacons | October 2021

The European Commission adopted a new set of Standard Contractual Clauses (“New SCCs”), effective 27 June 2021, for the transfer of personal data to non-EU regions. From 27 September 2021 onwards, data exporters and data importers can only conclude contracts which incorporate the New SCCs for the transfer of personal data out of the European Union ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | October 2021

Last week, the Norwegian Data Protection Authority announced that they intend to sanction Østre Toten municipality with a fine of NOK 4,000,000 due to the municipality’s non-compliance with the GDPR requirements. The announced sanction follows in the wake of the Data Protection Authority’s investigation of the municipality’s IT systems after it was exposed to a fatal ransomware virus attack in January this year ...

DFDL | October 2021

The National Privacy Commission (“NPC”) issued on 7 October 2021 NPC PHE Bulletin No. 21 advising the public against smishing and preventive data privacy practices. Smishing targets victims through mobile text messaging or SMS. Individuals usually receive unsolicited messages that include links that redirect to fraudulent websites which steal personal data, introduce mobile malware, and even facilitate the commission of fraud ...

Shoosmiths LLP | October 2021

Freeports are obviously of immediate interest to importers, exporters, and manufacturers, as they allow the import of materials and manufacture or incorporation of those materials into items which are then exported, all without incurring tariffs and with minimal regulation. The government’s stated objectives in establishing Freeports were to establish national hubs for global trade and investment across the UK, promote regeneration and job creation and create hotbeds for innovation ...

The Technology and Construction Court (TCC) in Eco World - Ballymore Embassy Gardens Company Ltd v Dobler UK Ltd [2021] EWHC 2207 (TCC) enforced a liquidated damages (LDs) clause that did not allow for a proportionate reduction following partial possession of sections of a development. The TCC rejected that the clause was a penalty, and considered the argument that an invalid liquidated damages clause could still operate as a valid cap of liability ...

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | October 2021

It is imperative that companies with government contracts, or those receiving federal grant funding, ensure that they have adequate cybersecurity protocols in place. The announcement by the Department of Justice (DOJ) of the Cyber Fraud Initiative strongly signals its intent to be aggressive in holding government contractors with lax cybersecurity standards and controls accountable ...

Shearn Delamore & Co. | October 2021

Dear valued clients, colleagues and friends, In July 2021 the Carriage of Goods by Sea (Amendment) Act (2020) (the "Amendment Act") and its supplementary Carriage of Goods by Sea (Amendment of First Schedule) Order 2021 (the "Order") officially came into force. The Amendment Act and the Order brought into effect the long-awaited changes to the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1950 (the "Principal Act"), which has been in force since 23 May 1950 ...

This month the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) and the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice (BCAP) released new guidance for advertisements used to promote in-game purchases. This guidance applies to providers of online gaming services that offer users the opportunity to purchase virtual items in real-time, such as virtual currencies or extra lives ...

  Every day, our digital footprint gets larger as we continue to rely more heavily on technology in our day-to-day lives. From an inheritance and succession point of view, this poses an important question: What happens to our digital assets when we die? Often when writing a will, people will consider any physical property they own as well as any investments and sums held in bank accounts ...

MinterEllisonRuddWatts | October 2021

COVID-19 has generated significant challenges for New Zealand’s international supply chains, causing considerable disruption and cost increases for local businesses and consumers. Anyone reliant on sea freight is currently grappling with the consequences of an unexpected surge in global consumer spending that has led to record-breaking demand for shipping services and equipment, beyond available capacity ...

Kannuu Pty Ltd. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Appeal No. 2021-1638 (Fed. Cir. Oct. 7, 2021) In our Case of the Week, the Federal Circuit addressed whether a forum selection clause in an NDA may prohibit a party from petitioning for an inter partes review with the PTAB.  Kannuu filed a motion for a preliminary injunction, asking the district court to compel Samsung to withdraw their petitions.  The district court denied the motion, and Kannuu appealed ...

Kudun and Partners | October 2021

Kongkoch Yongsavasdikul, partner and co-head of Startup Practice was invited to speak on the legal landscape of Startups in Thailand in the session “FinTech, AI & Fundraising – In Action: Series A & Beyond” by Legal in Action, hosted by Khun Peangpanor Boonklum with other speakers; Dr. Sutapa Amornvivat, PhD and Dr. Nattavut Kulnides. Thanks to Legal in Action and host Khun Peangpanor for inviting our partner as a speaker ...

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Lao Tzu.   On Wednesday, June 9, El Salvador published in its Official Gazette a historic event worldwide, the first law in the world that provided a digital asset, specifically the bitcoin with unrestricted and unlimited clearance power in any transactions that natural persons, public or private legal entities carry out in any capacity, therefore, bitcoin became a legal tender in El Salvador ...

Preliminary concepts:   Prior to conducting an analysis of the Bitcoin Law (hereinafter “BTC Law”), it is important to clarify two fundamental concepts regarding this type of digital assets:   – What is bitcoin?   A bitcoin is a decentralized digital asset created in 2009 by one or more people under the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto, with the mission of being a virtual currency or an instrument of electronic exchange to acquire products and services

Shearn Delamore & Co. | October 2021

Dear valued clients, colleagues and friends, With the enactment of the latest Trademark Act 2019, our Intellectual Property partner, Indran Shanmuganathan, has authored two books published by renowned publishers, Sweet & Maxwell namely “Trademark Act 2019 with overview by Indran Shanmuganathan” and “The Annotated Trademarks Act 2019” which is a part of Malaysian Legislation Series ...

Lavery Lawyers | October 2021

Bill 64, also known as the Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information , was adopted on September 21, 2021, by the National Assembly of Quebec ...

In re: Vivint, Inc., Appeal No. 2020-1992 (Fed. Cir. Sept. 29, 2021) In an appeal from the United States Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the Federal Circuit addressed whether a party may challenge the validity of an issued patent by ex parte reexamination when the challenger has repeatedly tried to use inter partes review (“IPR”) to forward the same argument. The Federal Circuit held that, when applying 35 U.S.C ...

Lavery Lawyers | October 2021

Bill 64, also known as the Act to modernize legislative provisions respecting the protection of personal information , was adopted on September 21, 2021, by the National Assembly of Quebec ...

Deacons | October 2021

The Personal Information Protection Law (the “PIPL”) will take effect on 1 November 2021. It follows the fundamental rules on protecting personal information under the Cybersecurity Law and Civil Code of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). We highlight below the key points in the PIPL on processing personal information within China, and outbound transfer of personal information, which may impact businesses whether they are operating in or outside the PRC. 1 ...

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