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OTA & Travel Distribution Update - July 7th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

CMA Seeks to Educate UK Hoteliers [PARITY] - ("Competition watchdog urges hotels to take advantage of demise of price parity," The Caterer - Latest Hospitality News, July 5, 2017) - If you recall, one of the key...more

When CASL Consents Expire

I’ve been getting a lot of emails from law firms and other professional services firms warning me that if I do not confirm my subscription to their newsletters, they will stop sending them to me. These firms have...more

Why Updating The Electronic Communications Privacy Act Poses Difficulties

by Revision Legal on

The privacy of electronic communications is provided for under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. There are limited circumstances in which ISPs may disclose the contents of electronic and stored digital...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2017: Hong Kong Consultation on Guidelines on Online Distribution and...

by Dechert LLP on

The use of online platforms for distribution of financial products has become increasingly popular in Hong Kong. In May 2017, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a Consultation Paper inviting comments...more

Canadian Government Suspends Implementation of Private Right of Action Under CASL

Our previous alert regarding changes to Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”) previewed two important changes that were to come into effect as of July 1, 2017...more

Privacy Alert: Government of Canada Suspends CASL's Private Right of Action Provisions

by Field Law on

By Order in Council dated June 7, 2017, the federal government suspended the coming into force of the private right of action provisions under Canada’s Anti-Spam legislation (CASL), “in response to broad-based concerns raised...more

Anti-Spam Legislation’s Private Right of Action Suspended

by Smart & Biggar on

In a news release on June 7, the Government announced that it was suspending the implementation of the “private right of action” provisions in Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL), in response to broad-based concerns raised...more

Canadian Government Suspends Private Right of Action Under Anti-Spam Law

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In an order dated June 2, 2017, the Canadian government indefinitely suspended a key provision in Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL), which was set to take effect on July 1, 2017. While CASL initially came into force in...more

French Data Protection Authority Clarifies Responsibilities for the Use of Cookies in Online Advertising

by Jones Day on

In the online advertising sector, achieving a successful advertising campaign often involves implementing cookies (small files stored on computers or mobile devices that contain information on the user's browsing history),...more

Italy Follows France and Germany in Investigating Big Data

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Italian Competition Authority, together with the national regulators for communications and data protection, opened a joint market investigation on Big Data. The investigation appears to be wide-ranging, covering not only...more

European Commission Issues Findings on Geo-Blocking and the Digital Single Market

On 10 May 2017, two years after launching its e-commerce sector inquiry on 6 May 2015, the European Commission published its final report (Final Report) on the inquiry. The inquiry was opened in the framework of the...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 14

by Jones Day on

New York Attorney General Announces Record Number of Data Breach Notices in 2016 - On March 21, 2017, the New York Attorney General's Office announced that it received 1,300 reported data breaches in 2016—a 60 percent...more

THE LATEST: EU Commission Fines Facebook EUR 110 million for Providing Incorrect or Misleading Information

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Commission’s EUR 110 million fine on Facebook for breach of its procedural obligations under the EU merger control rules underscores the need to submit full, accurate and reliable information during the Commission’s...more

China's New Cybersecurity Law and Draft Data Localization Measures Expected to Burden Multinational Companies

by Jones Day on

China's new Cybersecurity Law ("new Law") is set to come into effect on June 1, 2017, and introduces sweeping provisions that may have a significant impact on companies doing business in and with China. To provide guidance on...more

EU regulators welcome stricter rules on cookies and direct marketing

by White & Case LLP on

The European Commission has published a draft Regulation regarding cookies and electronic direct marketing. EU regulators have publicly welcomed the proposal, which has potentially significant consequences for all businesses...more

The dangers of direct marketing: Seeking consent or asking for trouble?

by White & Case LLP on

The UK Information Commissioner's Office has issued fines to two businesses for unlawfully sending emails to individuals to ask about their marketing preferences. These cases emphasise the fact that "marketing" in this...more

Implications of EU Ingredient Labeling Proposal for US Suppliers

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On March 13, the European Commission approved a report that calls on members of the alcohol beverage industry to develop a comprehensive self-regulatory system of ingredient and nutritional labeling for beer, wine, and...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 13

by Jones Day on

On December 28, 2016, the New York Department of Financial Services ("DFS") released a revised version of a proposed regulation that would require banks, insurance companies, and other financial services institutions...more

Indonesia Implements a Safe Harbor Policy for E-Commerce (Marketplace) Platforms

by White & Case LLP on

In light of rapid developments in the e-commerce industry in Indonesia, the Ministry of Communication and Informatics ("MOCI") issued Circular Letter No. 5 of 2016 on the Limitations and Responsibilities of Platform Providers...more

FCC's Halt Of Privacy Rule Signals Net Neutrality Reversal

Timothy Toohey was quoted in a Law360 article, March 2, 2017, discussing the Federal Communications Commission’s vote to prevent certain elements of privacy regulations from taking effect on broadband providers and signaling...more

FTC Requires that iSpring’s “Built in USA” Claims Hold Water

On February 1, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and iSpring Water Systems, LLC (“iSpring”) reached a settlement regarding its false, misleading, and unsupported claims that its water filtration systems and parts are...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 8, Issue 1

The Decline and Fall of the Section 230 Safe Harbor? - 2016 was a tough year for a lot of reasons, most of which are outside the scope of this blog (though if you’d like to hear our thoughts about Bowie, Prince or...more

Watch Out for Vegan Cheese: Labeling and Promotion of Vegan “Dairy Products” in the European Union

by King & Spalding on

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) will soon decide on the issue of whether plant-based products may be labeled and promoted with product names intended for dairy products such as “Veggie-Cheese,” “Tofubutter”...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The CFPB has ordered UniRush (purveyor of the RushCard prepaid debit card) and its payment processor, MasterCard, to fork over $13 million in fines after a breakdown last year that blocked thousands of customers from...more

Bill S-5: Canada Prepares to Introduce Plain and Standardized Packaging for Tobacco Products

by Smart & Biggar on

by: Jennifer Ponton In 2012, Australia became the first country to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes. Several countries have since followed suit, and many more, including Canada, have made commitments to introduce...more

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