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Intellectual Property and Technology News (Asia Pacific) June 2017

Welcome to the latest Asia Pacific Edition of the Intellectual Property and Technology News, our biannual publication designed to report on worldwide developments in intellectual property and technology law, offering...more

PRC Cybersecurity Law: take action and monitor developments to avoid losing your China business

The PRC Cybersecurity Law is three weeks old, and non-compliant international businesses are already facing severe consequences. Since 1 June, twenty-two people engaged by a global technology giant have been arrested, and...more

PRC Cybersecurity Law - one week to go, and there are still new developments

The final countdown is on. The PRC Cybersecurity Law comes into force on 1 June 2017. This date marks a significant evolution in both the legal and enforcement environment for data protection in China, and organisations can...more

China's new cyber security law is only 6 weeks away

7 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW - Regulation of personal and business data and restrictions on your ability to transfer it out of China is set to become a reality on 1 June 2017 when the PRC Cybersecurity Law comes into...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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