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Scott Thiel

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New cybersecurity watchdog suggests greater compliance challenges ahead for overseas companies in China

Developments this month continue to signpost a more challenging compliance environment ahead for non-Chinese technology companies and those operating online in China. The Chinese Government's continued scrutiny over...more

2/23/2017 - China Cybersecurity Importers Multinationals National Security Public Policy

China Data Protection Update (January 2017)

In the rapidly evolving environment of data protection compliance in the People's Republic of China, this month has seen some helpful clarification around two areas of uncertainty - namely: but unfortunately, in both regards...more

1/27/2017 - China Cybersecurity Data Collection Internet Privacy Minors Personal Data Privacy Policy

Regulation of cloud services in China - what does mean for your China business?

Following hot on the heels of the recently-enacted Cybersecurity Law, the Chinese Government has published a draft of sweeping rules to regulate the delivery of cloud services. In addition to impacting Chinese cloud...more

12/21/2016 - Cloud Computing Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) Cybersecurity Regulatory Standards

Digital Transformation in the Insurance Sector

For Insurers today, an effective digital strategy is critical for long-term success. Insurers need to innovate, both to stay ahead of legacy competitors and to pre-empt the erosion and disruption of established business...more

11/11/2016 - Analytics Big Data Data Management Digital Assets Digital Communications Insurance Industry Regulatory Standards

Singapore’s enforcement of data protection law on the rise

Singapore's Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) is stepping up its efforts to enforce the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (PDPA). Following the release of its first nine enforcement decisions in April this year, the...more

8/12/2016 - Banks Corporate Counsel Data Protection Enforcement Actions Monetary Authority of Singapore Personal Data Popular Singapore

Media, Sport and Entertainment Intelligence - August 2016

The Rio 2016 Summer Olympics have been dominating the headlines worldwide for a number of reasons, ranging from broadcasting options, including virtual reality, through to doping accusations. Some of these issues are as yet...more

8/5/2016 - Advertising Australia Broadcasting Competition Authorities EU Gaming Media Olympics Television Broadcast Stations Tender Offers

Monetary Authority of Singapore outsourcing guidelines 2016

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has published its new and replacement Guidelines on Outsourcing on 27 July 2016. The Guidelines are intended to provide comprehensive guidance over the risk management practices that...more

8/2/2016 - Cloud Computing Financial Services Industry Monetary Authority of Singapore Outsourcing Popular Singapore

Changes afoot in China cyber and data laws

Significant developments have been announced by the Chinese Government in recent weeks in relation to cyber security, data handling and online activities. Organisations doing business in the People's Republic of China are...more

7/18/2016 - China Cybersecurity Data Protection Mobile Apps Online Advertisements Pending Legislation Popular Search Engines

Media, Sport and Entertainment Intelligence - June 2016

Overview With the Olympics and the Euro Championship taking place this summer, it’s no surprise sport has been dominating the headlines. Whether it’s the reorganisation of the football league system or shirt sponsorships...more

6/13/2016 - Advertising Australia Digital Single Market EU European Commission Football Gambling Germany NBA Olympics Tobacco UK

Cybersecurity initiative announced for Hong Kong banking sector

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (the HKMA) last month issued a circular on the new supervisory requirement for 'authorised institutions' (ie those banks regulated by the HKMA) to implement the Cybersecurity Fortification...more

6/9/2016 - Banking Sector Cybersecurity Hong Kong Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) Popular

Mobile apps under close watch of the Kong Kong Privacy Commissioner

The Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner has taken a keen interest in promoting and ensuring the privacy compliance and security of mobile apps. On 21 April 2016, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (the PCPD)...more

5/24/2016 - Cybersecurity Data Collection Hong Kong Mobile Apps Mobile Privacy Popular

Media, Sport and Entertainment Intelligence - May 2016

Welcome to the latest issue of Media, Sport and Entertainment Intelligence, offering you a selection of the latest and most impactful sector news worldwide. ...more

5/11/2016 - Advertising BBC EEOC Equal Pay EU Film Industry License Agreements Online Gaming Panama Papers Popular Portability Trade Secrets UK

Celebrating Privacy Awareness Week: Asia Pacific data privacy update - May 2016

The past few months have seen many substantial and interesting developments in data privacy laws and practices across the Asia Pacific region, including significant enforcement activity in Singapore and Hong Kong, important...more

5/9/2016 - Cybersecurity Data Privacy Data Protection Authority EU-US Privacy Shield Hong Kong Malaysia Right to Be Forgotten Singapore South Korea Taiwan

Community service ordered for direct marketing offences in Hong Kong

Last month, an insurance agent was charged and convicted of two offences under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (Ordinance), receiving a Community Service Order of 80 hours. This marks the fifth reported occasion on...more

5/5/2016 - Data Collection Hong Kong Insurance Industry Marketing

Singapore's First Data Protection Enforcement Decisions

Singapore's Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) has just published its first enforcement decisions regarding the data protection obligations set out in the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (PDPA) since they came into...more

5/3/2016 - Data Breach Data Protection Enforcement Actions New Guidance Singapore

Wearables at work: Data privacy and employment law implications

Wearable devices' - such as fitness trackers, wristbands, access cards - are an increasingly popular technology. Market researchers have estimated that some 21 million wearable devices were sold in 2014 (The Economist,14...more

4/25/2016 - Biometric Information Corporate Counsel Data Collection Popular Privacy Concerns Wearable Technology Wellness Programs Young Lawyers

Payments regulations in flux - Recent changes in Hong Kong, China and Singapore

WHAT'S GOING ON IN HONG KONG STORED VALUE FACILITIES AND RETAIL PAYMENT SYSTEMS The new regulatory regime for Stored Value Facilities ("SVF") and Retail Payment Systems ("RPS") in Hong Kong under the Payment Systems...more

3/15/2016 - Amended Regulation China Consumer Financial Products Customer-Loyalty Programs Debit and Credit Card Transactions Exemptions Hong Kong Licensing Rules Payment Systems Prepaid Payment Products Retailers Singapore

China's launch of its own digital currency will shake up the payments industry

On 21 January 2016, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) issued a statement announcing its plan to launch its own digital currency (Statement). ...more

2/1/2016 - China Corporate Counsel Digital Currency Payment Systems PBOC Young Lawyers

Landmark Case for Abuse of Personal Data

In the September 9th landmark decision, the Hong Kong Magistrates' Court convicted Hong Kong Broadband Network ("HKBN") of a criminal offence for failing to comply with the direct marketing provisions of the Personal Data...more

9/11/2015 - Broadband Criminal Prosecution Data Privacy Hong Kong Marketing Privacy Laws

Cloud Computing in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data ("PCPD") recently published an information leaflet outlining the application of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (the "PDPO") for data users looking to engage cloud...more

9/8/2015 - Best Practices Cloud Computing Cross-Border Cybersecurity Data Privacy Hong Kong Popular Privacy Laws Service Contracts

China Adopts the New National Security Law - a Top Legislative Effort to Control Cybersecurity

On 1 July 2015, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature, approved the new National Security Law of the People's Republic of China, the "New Law") which became effective on the same...more

7/6/2015 - China Cybersecurity Data Protection Foreign Investment Information Technology National Security New Legislation Popular PRC

Life Sciences Spotlight - Asia Pacific - Issue 5, 2015

In This Issue: - Harper Review Dispenses Important Recommendations For The Life Sciences Sector - Pharmaceutical Patent Term Extensions In Australia - PRC Anti-Corruption Regime 101 - Revisions To The Medicines...more

5/12/2015 - Anti-Corruption Australia Biosimilars China Class Action Code of Conduct Confidential Information Employee Share Schemes Harper Review Life Sciences Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Pharmaceutical Industry Pharmaceutical Patents Veterinary Products

China Issues New CBRC Guidelines: Disclosure Requirements Affect Foreign IT Suppliers, Foreign Banks

A new set of regulations issued by the China Banking Regulatory Commission has fuelled concerns that China intends to squeeze foreign investment in its banking industry....more

3/6/2015 - Banks China Disclosure Requirements Foreign Investment New Regulations

China issues new CBRC Guidelines Is China putting the squeeze on foreign investment in its banking industry?

A new set of regulations issued by the China Banking Regulatory Commission has fuelled concerns that China intends to squeeze foreign investment in its banking industry....more

2/18/2015 - Banking Sector China Foreign Investment

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