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GDPR Countdown: Latham’s National Implementation Tracker

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in May 2018, changing how businesses and the public sector manage customer information. With seven months before the deadline, governments, supervisory...more

Schrems Strikes Again? The Future of EU Standard Contractual Clauses

On October 3, 2017, the Irish High Court announced that it will make a reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for a preliminary ruling on the validity of the Standard Contractual Clauses, which allow...more

UK Government sets out its preferred post-Brexit landscape for data protection

Her Majesty’s Government last week published a position paper outlining its preferred post-Brexit landscape for data protection. The high-level takeaways are hardly surprising: the government stresses that it intends to...more

Russia Introduces New Definition and Obligations for Audiovisual Service Owners

The Federal Law No. 87-FZ of May 1, 2017, on Amendments to the Federal Law on Information, Information Technologies, and Information Protection (the Law) came into force on July 1, 2017. The Law introduces the definition of...more

Buyout Firms Must Take Action to Respond to Global Cyber Threats

Cybercrime has become a critical issue for buyout firms as hackers are increasingly targeting sensitive business data to profit from insider knowledge. According to a Private Funds Management survey of 91 PE houses, 54% of PE...more

Messaging Apps May Face New Obligations in Russia

The State Duma, Russia’s lower chamber of Parliament, has adopted amendments to the Federal Law on Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection of the Russian Federation (the Law) in its first reading....more

How to Comply with the New General Data Protection Regulation: A Q&A with Partner Gail Crawford and Counsel Ulrich Wuermeling

In less than one year, from 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR or Regulation) will become enforceable. The GDPR introduces a rigorous, far-reaching privacy framework for businesses that operate, target...more

Chinese Judicial Authorities Issue Interpretation on Criminal Liability for Misuse of Personal Information

Official guidance has expanded the scope of laws and provided examples of illegal uses. Key Points: ..The definition of “personal information” has been expanded to include data points used for tracking individuals...more

The Countdown Continues: One Year to the GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR or Regulation) will become applicable in one year, as of May 25, 2018. A lot has happened since we set out the key provisions of the Regulation last year....more

China Issues Draft Measures to Restrict the Overseas Transmission of Personal Data

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) issued Draft Measures for public comment on April 11 on Security Assessment for Cross-border Transmission of Personal Information and Critical Data (the Draft Measures). The Draft...more

China Publishes Draft Measures Restricting Outbound Data Transfers

The current draft grants Chinese regulators broad discretion to prohibit data transfers. Key Points: ..The draft requires both the consent of the data subjects and/or the permission of the regulators for any...more

Senior MP Calls for Regulatory Crackdown on Banks’ IT Systems: 3 Things You Can do to Prepare

The recent cyberattack on Tesco Bank’s IT systems has prompted Rt Hon. Andrew Tyrie MP, Chairman of the Treasury Committee, to call on regulators to take action against vulnerable bank IT systems... ...more

China Issues Its First Network Security Law

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has introduced China’s first and comprehensive Network Security Law (also referred to as Cybersecurity Law). The law will have...more

China Issues Its First Network Security Law

The law will have far-reaching implications for parties that utilize the Internet and handle network data and personal information in the PRC. On November 7, 2016, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress...more

Prevent and Prepare for a Cybersecurity Breach

Hacking of organizations’ systems is becoming increasingly commonplace, even with advancements in security practices. To mitigate risk, a company must have an enterprise-level, cross-functional incident response plan that is...more

Mitigating Cybersecurity Risks

Hacking of organisations’ systems is becoming increasingly commonplace, even with advancements in security practices. To mitigate risk, a company must have an enterprise-level, cross-functional incident response plan that is...more

5 Preventative Steps to Manage Legal Risk Following a Cybersecurity Breach

Preparing for and rehearsing how to respond to a breach is as important as improving security systems and protocols. Hacking of organizations’ systems is becoming increasingly commonplace, even with advancements in...more

Anonymous or Not: Court of Justice Issues Ruling on IP Addresses

On October 19, 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a ruling on the question of whether IP addresses constitute personal data. The ruling has direct implications on the general question of when data...more

Digital Single Market: An Overhaul for Telecoms Regulation

State of the European Union address on September 14 reveals European Commission’s next proposed steps in its Digital Single Market initiative. Jean-Claude Juncker announced the results of the European Commission’s (the...more

European Commission Adopts New EU Copyright Rules

The Commission’s proposals aim to reform EU Copyright laws as part of its package of proposals towards an EU Digital Single Market. On 14 September 2016 the European Commission (the Commission) adopted new proposals for...more

New EU Data Protection Rules Move the M&A Goalposts

After over four years of debate, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) recently came into force, taking effect after a two year transition period, i.e. from 25 May 2018. The GDPR introduces a rigorous and far-reaching...more

BREXIT – What does this mean for UK Data Protection law?

As the whole world now knows, the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU) in its historic referendum on 23rd June by a vote of 51.9 percent in favour of “leave” to 48.1 in favour of “remain”. This blog focusses on how that...more

Europe Counts Down to the General Data Protection Regulation

Businesses have two years to comply with Europe’s new privacy regime. On 24 May 2016, after more than four years of debate, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, or the Regulation) enters into force. The GDPR...more

What You Need to Know About the Cybersecurity Act of 2015

Legislation may change the way government and the private sector collaborate on cybersecurity. After years of vigorous debate and numerous false starts, in the closing hours of its 2015 session, the US Congress...more

Proposal of EU-US Privacy Shield Leaves Businesses in State of Uncertainty

Earlier this week, the European Commission announced that a “political” agreement has been reached on a new framework for data flows from the EU to the US. The announcement highlights a few changes from the old Safe Harbor...more

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